Bloomberg to Launch IM Service


Bloomberg is adding an instant messaging service to the Bloomberg Professional next month. The release will likely tighten Bloomberg’s hold on customers in the face of increased competition from rival vendors.

The service, called Instant Bloomberg, is free and in addition to the Bloomberg message system--a souped-up form of e-mail--widely used by thousands of traders and analysts globally.

Instant Bloomberg differs from the e-mail message service, Bloomberg Messaging, by working like a convers

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