AIM Mail: AOL Jumps on the 2Gig Webmail Bandwagon with AOL Instant Messenger Mail

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With the introduction of its new AIM Mail service, Internet giant America Online (AOL) has jumped on the “free webmail with 2 gigabytes of storage” bandwagon, but with an added twist: the new service is tied in to your AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account.

AOL Instant Messenger Mail (AIM Mail – get it? AIM Mail…Air Mail…cute, eh?) is directly tied to your AIM account, and in fact it uses your AIM screen name as your email username, and as the sign on name for your AIM Mail account, just as it is for your AIM account. Logging in through the webmail portal will bring you to an “AIM Today” screen, from which you can access your AIM Mail.


AIM Mail can also be accessed through your AIM buddy list, and AOL has said that there will be an IMAP interface as well. This last will be good news for many, as AOL has also indicated that the only way to access the web interface will be by using their AOL Explorer web browser, which is based on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

AIM Mail will include such features as the ability so send an “away” email response when one is unable to access one’s email (similar to the “vacation” program of old), and the ability to “un-send” an email which has been sent to another user on the system but which has not yet been read.

Now, if only they could figure out a way for some of their users to un-say something, they’d really be on to something!

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4 thoughts on “AIM Mail: AOL Jumps on the 2Gig Webmail Bandwagon with AOL Instant Messenger Mail

  1. Actually, i use Firefox and access AIM mail just fine. Don’t know where you heard you can only use AOL Explorer, that’s just wrong. That browser hasn’t even shipped yet!

  2. It’s not a new concept. Whenever you get a screen name, you get a @netscape.net email address to go with it. They’re just upgrading.

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