NEW YORK — June 10, 2008 — Responding to increased demands of financial professionals for on-the-go access to critical market news, data and other resources, Microsoft Corp. today announced at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) 28th Annual Technology Management Conference & Exhibit the broad availability of Bloomberg for Windows Mobile-based phones.
Bloomberg — the premier real-time financial information network — provides business and financial professionals with comprehensive tools and data on the all-inclusive BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service. With the availability of Bloomberg on Windows Mobile phones, Bloomberg users will access economic data, pricing, the latest financial and world news, Bloomberg messaging, alerts, personalized market monitors, and other Bloomberg functions from virtually any phone running Windows Mobile 6.
“Access to market information and news is critical for Bloomberg users, who are the financial professionals with the most at stake,” said John Waanders of Bloomberg. “Bloomberg on Microsoft will further empower our global customer base to access Bloomberg functions via one of the world’s most recognizable mobile platforms.”
Windows Mobile 6 allows users to retrieve e-mail, manage schedule and contact information, browse the Internet, and explore business documents through mobile versions of familiar Microsoft software, including Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile; Microsoft Office Word Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and Excel Mobile; and Windows Live for Mobile. Built-in security features, scalability and manageability enhancements also enable enterprise-ready flexibility to equip businesses with resources that make their mobile work force more productive.
“Mobile access to news, data and other types of market information is no longer a luxury for today’s financial services professionals, who need to be connected with real-time information where their work takes them,” said Craig Saint-Amour, director of U.S. capital markets industry solutions at Microsoft. “Through our collaboration with Bloomberg, Microsoft is able to provide Bloomberg on Windows Mobile phones, giving users Bloomberg’s real-time, productivity-enhancing information services while they are away from their desktops and laptops.”
Bloomberg is the leading global provider of financial data, news and analytics. The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service and Bloomberg’s media services provide real-time and archived financial and market data, pricing, trading, news and communications tools in a single, integrated package to corporations, news organizations, financial and legal professionals and individuals around the world. Bloomberg’s media services include the global BLOOMBERG NEWS® service with more than 2,300 professionals in over 130 bureaus worldwide; the BLOOMBERG TELEVISION® 24-hour business and financial network produced and distributed worldwide on eleven channels in seven languages; and BLOOMBERG RADIO® services providing up-to-the-minute news on XM, Sirius and WorldSpace satellite radio globally and on WBBR 1130AM in New York. In addition, Bloomberg publishes BLOOMBERG MARKETS® magazine and BLOOMBERG PRESS® books for investment professionals. For more information please visit http://www.bloomberg.com.
About Microsoft in Financial Services
Microsoft’s Financial Services Group provides software that helps financial firms transform the customer, employee and operations experience so they can maximize opportunities for increased market share and profitability. Microsoft software helps empower people and IT staff within financial firms — and across key focus areas such as advisor platforms, channel renewal, insurance value chain, enterprise risk management and compliance, and payments. Through a combination of Microsoft- and partner-provided solutions, customers enable their employees to turn data into insight, transform ideas into action and turn change into opportunity.
More information about Microsoft’s Financial Services Group can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/financialservices.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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