AOL DESKTOP FOR WINDOWS — AOL DESKTOP 9.8

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Info and Community

System Requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • 266 MHz or faster computer processor; 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution recommended
  • 1 GB RAM, 512 MB free hard disk space
  • 28.8 Kbps or faster modem, or other Internet connection

Releases

  • Current Beta - 4346.8
  • Current Beta Download- 4343.4047
  • Current GM - 4343.4043
Jul 24 — Beta 2 has been released through auto-update.

Greetings Testers!

We've released beta 2 of AOL Desktop 9.8.0 and, like Beta 1, it will only be available through auto-update. Be aware that it may take a while for the update to get to you, so please be patient as it rolls out.

This update focuses primarily on minor tweaks to the update process. Please make sure to pay attention to the update when it occurs; we'll be sending you a survey early next week to gather your feedback about it.

As always, if you encounter something you need to share with us, make sure to use the feedback link in Help > Feedback from the menu bar within the AOL Desktop software.

Jul 9 — 9.8 is distributing through auto-updates!

Starting today, users will begin receiving the auto-update from former versions of the AOL Desktop beta software to AOL Desktop 9.8. This release includes a couple of new features as well as a variety of tweaks to performance and existing features. The following are among the primary areas of focus we'd like you to be sure to test and give us feedback on:

  • Update Mechanism — This is the update mechanism that's traditionally been known as SUDs (Software Updates). This experience should be much improved, but we want your take on it.
  • Browser elements — This includes items like the Spell Checker, Password Manager & Print utilities.
  • Mail Font Settings — By popular demand, you now have additional control over your mail text size. These settings are available in KEYWORD: MAIL SETTINGS

Don't forget to re-test the update process several times as well. The more testing we have, the more likely we can prevent poor experiences in the future. :)

Jul 7 — 9.8.0 beta 1 is coming!

Starting today, July 7, users on a past version of the AOL Desktop beta software will receive a pop-up notifying them of our intent to release and distribute the first beta release of 9.8.0.

We wanted to provide you with advanced notice of this update for several reasons:

  1. We want you to be aware and prepared for this update — this is important on multiple levels, but not the least of which includes a big enhancement to the way we update the software. We're hoping you pay attention and provide feedback about this new process after the update is complete.
  2. We wanted to provide users an opportunity to 'opt out' of this, and future tests, by downloading, installing and using the GM release of 9.7, then uninstalling previous beta software.

We always appreciate your participation and feedback, and we hope you've decided to stick with participating in AOL Desktop beta tests. If you've decided to opt out, we respect that too.

FAQs

  • What can I expect in 9.8.0?

    AOL Desktop 9.8 addresses several things we've heard from the community at large.

    • The need for a more seamless, less involved update mechanism to keep the software up-to-date, but not burdensome.
    • An updated browser to address some sites messaging as well as further build on built-in browser features, like printing, spell check and the Password Manager released in 9.7.
    • Improve text size controls over your mailbox list view for those who have high resolution monitors.

    Since we've made quite a few changes in this release. Please make sure to send us feedback about anything you see or experience!

  • How can I download the 9.8.0 software directly?

    Typically we make the beta software available for direct download immediately, however the update process for this software is so important and critical that we'll be delaying the direct download of 9.8.0 for, at the very least, several days.

    We highly encourage you to participate in the update part of this test. This is your opportunity to weigh in on and help influence the direction of future updates for the AOL software.

  • How can I test the update process again?

    Great question! In order to re-test the auto-update mechanism, you need to:

    • Uninstall this beta software — Uninstall AOL Desktop 9.8.0. We won't try to update you again if you already have the update installed.
    • Ensure you have previous beta software installed — We're using the beta software installed on your machine as the trigger to tell us you need an update. If you don't have beta software still installed, or you're uncertain, you can download the latest beta version of AOL Desktop 9.7 (4343.4047) using the Download Now button in the top right corner.
    • Be a little patient — The update will not start immediately. It may take a couple hours before the update begins. Please note that you may want to reboot following the uninstall of the previous version of 9.8 to trigger it sooner.
  • How do I share feedback about my update experience?

    Aside from the common process of sending feedback to us about your experience on the AOL Desktop (Help > Send Feedback form your menu bar), we will be delivering you a pop-up on your first sign in of the 9.8 software as well. From here we’ll be asking you to send feedback or complete a survey about the update process.

  • Are there specific areas you would like me to focus my feedback on?

    Although we have made many changes within the desktop experience, there are a couple key areas that we are actively collecting feedback to make immediate changes to. These are:

    • Update Mechanism — This is the update mechanism that's traditionally been known as SUDs (Software Updates). This experience should be much improved, but we want your take on it.
    • Browser elements — This includes items like the Spell Checker, Password Manager & Print utilities.
    • Mail Font Settings — By popular demand, you now have additional control over your mail text size. These settings are available in KEYWORD: MAIL SETTINGS
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  • How can I opt out?

    Right now, identification of the beta testing population is strictly based on the version(s) of the AOL software you have installed. This means, if you still have our beta software on your computer, you're part of the beta testing population.

    To remove yourself from this group:

    1. Download and install the latest GM (non-beta) software. — This software is always available at Discover AOL's AOL Desktop for Windows page.
    2. Uninstall any previous version of AOL Desktop beta software. — It’s important that beta software be removed entirely. If you have a previous version of the beta software installed on your machine, you’ll still receive this update. If you’re uncertain how to uninstall previous software, you can refer to this helpful AOL Help article on the subject.

  • How can I opt in if I don't already have beta software?

    Simply download the 9.7.4 beta software using the "Download Now" button in the top right of this page and you'll be set-up to receive the auto-update! Please note that it may take a little for the 9.8 update to be triggered and download.

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