AOL DESKTOP FOR WINDOWS — AOL DESKTOP

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Info and Community

System Requirements

  • Windows Vista or greater
  • 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
  • Internet connection

Releases

  • Beta 3 (Coming soon) - 11.0.504
  • Beta 2+ (13 June) - 11.0.485
  • Beta 2 (31 May) - 11.0.464
  • Beta 1+ (16 May) - 11.0.446
  • Beta 1 (02 May) - 11.0.422
June 27 — Beta 3 is ready for testing.
Beta 3 comes with some improvements to the address book, improvements to the way the browser loads, and loads of bug fixes in AOL Desktop Mail.

Here are some things that we have updated in this release (11.0.504):
  • Enabled editing of address book contacts
  • Fixed an issue where one of the address book buttons was labeled incorrectly
  • Fixed an issue where some web pages that opened other pages would open outside of AOL DESKTOP
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes after adding a custom picture as the AOL Desktop background, the picture would not load after upgrading
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the date was incorrect on emails
  • Fixed an issue where the ADD button on the address book wasn't working
  • Fixed an issue where the hover over text of items in the toolbar carousel would show the label of the item instead of the URL
  • Fixed and issue where the address book list wouldn't update after adding a new contact.
  • Implemented the ability to drag and drop the favorite places heart on the browser to both favorite places as well as the toolbar
  • Implemented the ability to edit groups within the address book
  • Updated the "FULL VIEW" button in the address book to point to the full view of a contact

Focus Areas: These are the things we have been working on so far and could use your help testing:
  • Address Book (add, delete, groups)
  • AOL Desktop Toolbar shortcuts (Add, Remove, Move, etc)
  • AOL Desktop menu items shortcuts (Opening different shortcuts)
  • AOL Desktop Mail - (Send, Read, Drafts, Delete, Keep as new, etc.)
  • AOL Desktop Favorites - (Save, Open)
  • AOL Desktop Browser - (Viewing different pages, etc)
  • The update mechanism will be tested each time we roll out an update
  • Desktop background pictures (File Menu - "Choose Picture")

Known Issues: Here are a few things we are working on but they are not quite ready yet and will be coming soon:
  • Buddy list does not auto start when you sign on. (Click on the IM button on the toolbar to start it)
  • Buddy list looks different, but that familiar look to the AOL Buddy list is coming soon
  • Browser is out of date - We will be upgrading the browser to the latest version soon
  • Importing shortcuts and Saved Mail from older versions of AOL Desktop is coming soon
  • Most AOL Desktop related settings are coming soon
  • AOL Keywords are coming soon
  • A brand new AOL Chat is coming soon
June 13 — An update to Beta 2 is live!
One of the most requested features is now available for testing; you can save shortcuts to your AOL Desktop Toolbar!! There are several other fixes provided in this build as well.

Here are some things that we have updated in this release (11.0.485):
  • Implemented a way of adding shortcuts to the toolbar carousel
  • Enabled editing of address book contacts
  • Enabled additional file types to choose from for AOL Desktop background images
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes loading the read only view of the address book would cause a crash
  • Implemented the first pass of sorting the address book
  • Implemented the send, cc, buttons on the address book
  • Improved the adding favorites functionality to automatically add the favorite without unnecessary prompting the user
  • Turned on the address book button in the Write Mail form
  • fixed an issue where items added to the toolbar wouldn't save after closing AOL Desktop
  • fixed an issue where sometimes forwarding an email wouldn't correct forward attachments
  • Fixed an issue where some web pages that opened other pages would open outside of AOL DESKTOP
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes after adding a custom picture as the AOL Desktop background, the picture would not load after upgrading
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the date was incorrect on emails
  • Fixed an issue where the ADD button on the address book wasn't working
  • Fixed an issue where the hover over text of items in the toolbar carousel would show the label of the item instead of the URL
  • Implemented the ability to drag and drop the favorite places heart on the browser to both favorite places as well as the toolbar
  • Updated the "FULL VIEW" button in the address book to point to the full view of a contact

May 31 — AOL Desktop Beta 2 is live!
Beta 2 includes a READ ONLY version of the address book.

The feedback we have received has been great! Please keep your feedback coming through the Feedback link.

REMINDER!! You will automatically receive the update simply by using AOL Desktop. The update will be applied after about 15 minutes of use, and when you close and relaunch, you will be using the latest version.

Here are some things that we have updated in this release (11.0.464):
  • Implemented some of the art work from the legacy AOL Desktop
  • Implemented the send, cc, bcc buttons on the address book
  • Implemented the READ ONLY version of the address book (edit is coming soon)
  • Implemented a left click menu to the favorite places heart on the browser
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes loading the read only view of the address book would cause a crash
  • Fixed an issue where the cursor would move to another field when typing in webpages like facebook
  • Fixed an issue where you could NOT use the keyboard to navigate your history drop down in the URL address bar
  • Started work on the carousel to make it customizable
  • Included some changes to support customizing the carousel in a future build
May 16 — The AOL Desktop Beta 1 Update is live!
We've made some changes based on some of the great feedback that we have received. The best part is, you may have already received this update.

Here are some things that we have updated in this release (11.0.446):
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from selecting the correct spelling of a word from spell check in the browser window
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on a MAILTO link wouldn't add the senders email information to the mail
  • Fixed an issue where renaming the top level Favorite places folder will sometimes crash AOL Desktop
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes AOL Desktop wouldn't play the You've Got Mail sounds when receiving new mail
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the favorites list would not refresh when changes were made
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the welcome page to open blank when a user was not signed in
  • Fixed an issue where entering your user name in the sign on screen with @aol.com on the end would not correctly sign you on the first time.
  • Fixed an issue where sending a plain text email would sometimes send blank emails
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes AOL Desktop would crash when launching the browser
  • Fixed an issue where somtimes there were duplicate EMAIL(s) listed on the Search Mail tab.
  • Started work on the carousel to make it customizable in a future release
  • Implemented the NEW/OLD view within the inbox of the mailbox
  • Implemented context menu for the toolbar carousel to move items left and right
  • Implemented print from the read mail window
  • Implemented the ability to drag the favorite places heart from the browser to favorites
May 2 — AOL Desktop 11 Beta Sneak Preview
Welcome to the all new AOL Desktop 11 Beta 'sneak preview'.

You've spoken and we've been listening! We are rebuilding the AOL Desktop experience from the ground up and we need your help to do it. What makes it a sneak preview? There is a lot of work to be done and we've only just begun. Our goal is to make sure we maintain that 'easy to use' experience you have come to love about AOL.

That's where you come in. We need feedback on specific components. What you like, what's missing, and of course any bugs that you might find along the way.

We plan to deliver updates to this version of AOL Desktop pretty frequently to include changes from your feedback as well as new areas for you to test! This is your chance to help rebuild the AOL Desktop Experience.

We know we have a lot of work ahead of us and during these earlier betas we encourage you to continue using both the 9.8.2 Beta as well as the all new AOL Desktop 11; Compare and contrast the speed, the features, and share your thoughts with us.
FAQs
How do I recieve the update?
When you start AOL Desktop, it will automatically check for any updates. If an update is available, the AOL Desktop update mechanism will deliver them while AOL Desktop is running. The update will be applied the next time you close and relaunch AOL Desktop.

How do I share feedback about my update experience?
For right now, we are still relying on the common process of sending feedback to us about your experience on the AOL Desktop (Help > Send Feedback form your menu bar). We are working on bringing the 'community' back to the BETA community, so check back often!

Can I use dialup?
This version of the desktop client was built with the focus on a superior broadband experience. Dialup is NOT available for this beta version.

Can I use Parental Controls?
Parental controls functionality (Web restrictions, usage timers, email restrictions etc) have been removed from this version of the product.

Can I use my existing screenname/username and password?
Yes you can. Any AOL screenname should work with this version of the AOL Desktop software. If you would like to create a new user name for this testing, click here.

Can I import my information from previous versions of AOL Desktop?
Not yet, but soon! Once this feature is added, all your PFC (Personal Filing Cabinet) and Username information will be picked up automagically during the installation process.

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 AOL Desktop beta software using the "Download Now" button in the top right of this page and you'll be all set-up. Please note that we will be deliving updates to this version frequently, so be sure to fire it up often.