Reuters has introduced an off-floor version of its flagship 3000 Xtra product, providing users with browser-based and remote wireless access to equities news, prices and charts.
The service, dubbed Reuters 3000 Xtra Companion, is being made available free of charge to existing subscribers and provides on-the-move access to news, charts and prices. Users may also import quote lists and key information stored on the Reuters 3000 Xtra desktop to a home PC or PDA.
Paul Hansford, head of Reuters premium desktop says: "With 3000 Xtra Companion, being away from the Reuters 3000 Xtra workstation doesn't mean being away from the action, and our customers can now have professional access to market data wherever and whenever they need it."
The product launch is part of a concerted effort by Reuters to win back market share lost to rival Bloomberg in the delivery of premium news services to financial market participants. Bloomberg currently sells a mobile product called the Bloomberg Traveller, a fee-based service which delivers a full copy of the Bloomberg desktop software for installation on a portable PC.