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Professional messaging service expands reach to over two hundred million users

London – Reuters, the global information company, today launched Reuters Messaging 5.0, the first professional instant messaging hosted service to connect the financial community in real-time to MSN® Messenger and AOL® Instant MessengerTM (AIM®) services. With access to an expanded community of over 200 million people, Reuters Messaging becomes the first professional instant messaging service to connect with the two leading public messaging services.

Through this federated network, Reuters Messaging 5.0 users will be able to exchange information in a secure environment with financial professionals around the world who use these public instant messaging services. Reuters Messaging 5.0 is specifically designed for financial services firms which need to meet strict requirements for security and compliance.

Anshu Jain, Head of Global Markets at Deutsche Bank, said "We are very pleased with the impact of Reuters Messaging on our business. We believe it has the potential to introduce innovative ways of working with colleagues and customers."

In addition, Reuters Messaging 5.0 offers hosted, secure chat rooms to support interactive teamwork. Through these chat rooms users can connect to their internal and external communities, allowing them to create proprietary content and share market information to make faster and better informed decisions. Organisations can create and market their own chat rooms and invite counterparties to share the latest market developments or research, in a secure, access controlled and compliant environment.

Tom Glocer, Chief Executive Officer of Reuters, said "Reuters was first to introduce professional instant messaging to the financial services industry in 2002. Today, we continue this innovative tradition with the launch of an important new release of Reuters Messaging."

In 2006, Reuters Messaging, built on Microsoft Office Live Communication Server (LCS) technology, will be upgraded to enable LCS enterprise users to link seamlessly in real-time to the financial network built around Reuters Messaging.

Jeff Raikes, President Microsoft Business division, said "We are delighted that Reuters has chosen Live Communications Server for its messaging solution for the financial markets. Reuters upgrade to LCS 2005 next year will give enterprises using LCS an exciting opportunity to connect to a larger global trading community federating with Reuters Messaging."

Jon Miller, Chairman and CEO, America Online, Inc, said "We are extremely pleased to have Reuters as a flagship member of the AOL® Enterprise Federation Program, which helps communities of at-work instant messaging users connect and communicate in real time. We welcome Reuters 5.0 customers to the global AIM® community and celebrate our partnership as proof positive of the popularity of the AIM® service in the financial services industry and around the world."