Reuters Group, Microsoft in IM deal

Reuters Group has announced that it is working with Microsoft and 25 financial institutions to develop a secure instant-messaging program for business. Reuters.Net Messaging will use Microsoft's communications technology and will be interoperable with MSN Instant Messenger, said Devin Wenig, president of Reuters Information. Reuters said the first product of that union would be its Reuters Digital Dashboard, described as a personal Web portal distributing customized information.