AOL DESKTOP FOR WINDOWS — AOL DESKTOP

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System Requirements

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
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

April #2 (April 19) - 11.0.1066
April #1 (April 4) - 11.0.1028
March #2 (March 21) - 11.0.999
March #1 Refresh (March 7) - 11.0.967
March #1 (March 3) - 11.0.966
Feb #2 Refresh #2 (Feb 23) - 11.0.943
Feb #2 Refresh (Feb 22) - 11.0.941
Feb #2 (Feb 20) - 11.0.939
Feb #1 Refresh (Feb 8) - 11.0.914
Feb #1 (Feb 6) - 11.0.912
Jan #3 Refresh (Jan 25) - 11.0.892
Jan #3 (Jan 23) - 11.0.888
Jan #2 (Jan 10) - 11.0.861
Jan #1 (Jan 9) - 11.0.858
Beta 8++ (Dec 16) - 11.0.839
Beta 8+ (Dec 6) - 11.0.810
Beta 8R (Dec 2) - 11.0.804
Beta 8 (Dec 1) - 11.0.791
Beta 7+ (Nov 16) - 11.0.761
Beta 7 (Oct 28) - 11.0.719
Beta 6+ (19 Oct.) - 11.0.717
Beta 6 (5 Oct.) - 11.0.672
Beta 5+ (20 Sept.) - 11.0.648
Beta 5+ (20 Sept.) - 11.0.645
Beta 5 (6 Sept.) - 11.0.607
Beta 4++ (23 August) - 11.0.580
Beta 4+ (10 August) - 11.0.565
Beta 4R (26 July) - 11.0.546
Beta 4 (25 July) - 11.0.544
Beta 3+ (11 July) - 11.0.522
Beta 3 (27 June) - 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
Mail Drag N Drop, Reply selection, NEW CHAT!
This is our first release of the brand new Chat Rooms only available in the all new AOL Desktop. Let your friends know, if they want access to the new Chat Rooms, they have to use the new version of AOL Desktop. Take it for a spin, kick the tires, and let us know what you think through our feedback links.

This update contains a TON of fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
Also included in this release...
  • New! HOT Chat Rooms - Added Chat Rooms. (From the community menu. KW's are coming soon).
  • New! HOT Mailbox - Added the drag and drop functionality to the mailbox
  • New! HOT Mailbox - Added the mailbox font control to mail settings
  • New! HOT Mailbox - Improved the timing for loading emails
  • New! HOT Mailbox - Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the new mail count from being accurate
  • New! HOT Downloads - Added a download confirmation window for web downloads
  • New! HOT Write Mail - Added the ability to highlight a portion of an email and reply to only that portion
  • New! Help - Added the help link to the main Help menu item
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a bug where when a browser was maximized, it would restore itself to a smaller size automatically
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed a bug where if the mailbox was open, it would not always refresh when new mail was received
  • Fixed Favorites - Fixed a crash when deleting or reorganizing favorites
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause a mail folder to not auto refresh is new mail was received
  • Fixed Address Book - Fixed a bug that prevented all of the contacts in a group from be visible on the group listing
  • Fixed Favorites - Fixed a bug that prevented the organizing of favorite places by dragging and dropping
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed a bug where sometimes renaming a SAVED ON AOL folder would rename the wrong folder
  • Fixed Mail - Hot - Fixed an issue where sometimes HTML mails would show the HTML markup (tags and code) instead of the properly formatted content of the email.
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed a minor typo on the detach attachments window
FAQs
What is the All new AOL Desktop 11 and how is it different than 9.8.2 Beta?
AOL Desktop 11 is a total rewrite of the AOL Desktop for windows application. We have received feedback from our most dedicated users asking us to improve the product for the more modern windows operating systems and computers, and we have listened. We are rewriting the entire AOL Desktop experience line by line in order to maintain that "easy to use" experience you are used to, but with less hangs, less crashes, less headaches.

You may notice that there is some functionality that is still "Under Construction" in the new AOL Desktop 11, don't worry, much of this functionality is coming soon.

How do I receive 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?
There are a couple different ways of getting information to the engineering team.
To send feedback, select the HELP menu item then select, Send Feedback. We review all feedback that is sent to us on a regular basis.
Additionally, if you feel that you are experiencing a bug in the software, you can report a bug by selecting the "Report a Bug" option from the HELP menu. Doing this will send us diagnostic logs that will help determine the cause of the issue you are experiencing.

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 will work with this version of the AOL Desktop software. If you would like to create a new user name for this testing, click here.
There is NO limit to the number of screennames/usernames you can use in AOL Desktop 11.

Can I import my information from previous versions of AOL Desktop?
Yes you can! At your very first launch of AOL Desktop 11, your usernames and custom toolbar icons will be copied over from any previously installed version of AOL Desktop. You will then be prompted to import your mail "Saved on my PC".
The following items are all imported from older versions of AOL Desktop.
  • "Mail Saved on My PC"
  • Custom Toolbar Carousel shortcuts
  • Usernames
  • Address Book
  • Favorite Places
How can I opt out?
To remove yourself from this group and no longer receive beta messages:
  1. Download and install the latest GM (non-beta) software 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 delivering updates to this version frequently, so be sure to use it often.
April 4 — URL auto complete, Favs drag and drop, AB Groups
This update contains a TON of fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
Also included in this release...
  • New! HOT -- Browser - URL Bar auto complete URLs while you you type them from browser history
  • New! HOT - Introduced some performance improvements to decrease the amount of time it takes to launch AOL Desktop
  • New! HOT Address Book - Fixed a bug that prevented all of the contacts in a group from be visible on the group listing
  • Fixed - HOT -- Browser - Fixed an issue where Craigslist emails would replace the @ with %40
  • Fixed - HOT - Favorites - Fixed the ability to sort favorite places
  • Fixed - HOT - Mail - Fixed a bug where specific emails would sometimes crash when attempting to reply or forward them
  • Fixed - HOT - Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes HTML mails would show the HTML markup (tags and code) instead of the properly formatted content of the email.
  • New! Browser - Added some browser keyboard shortcuts
  • New! Mail Database - Personal storage will now automatically make backups of the personal database and automatically recover when an error is detected.
  • Fixed -Favorites - Added the Add to Toolbar shortcut from the favorites window
  • Fixed -Favorites - Fixed a crash when deleting a favorite
  • Fixed - Mailbox - Fixed an issue where sometimes the email list wouldn't refresh is AOL Desktop was left open while the computer went to sleep or hibernate
  • Fixed -Settings - Fixed an issue where sometimes after a silent error, settings changes were not being saved
  • Fixed Address Book - Fixed a bug that prevented the NOTES section from properly formatting
March 21 — Mailbox Size, Mailbox Refresh
This update contains a TON of fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
Also included in this release...
  • New! HOT- Fixed a bug that would disable the send and send later buttons if there was an invalid email address entered.
  • New! HOT- Improved the window save size and position functionality from the window menu
  • New! HOT- Mail - Added a REFRESH right click menu to the mailbox to refresh the mail list if some mails don't load initially.
  • New! HOT- Mail - Added the ability to send mail to a BCC recipient without having to add a TO
  • New! HOT- Mail - Fixed an issue where deleting a mail would open the next mail behind the mailbox
  • New! HOT- Mail - Fixed an issue where some imported emails showed the senders information instead of the senders information
  • New! HOT- Mail - Fixed an issue where some imported mails do not have a reply to address
  • New! HOT- Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes the mailbox would steal focus when trying to type in the quick find box
  • New! HOT- Mail - Fixed an issue where the mailbox would load in a smaller size, hiding the delete button
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed an issue where sometimes focus would be lost after deleting an email
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Highlighted items are now dark blue for a better visual
  • New! Added support for distribution lists to be auto completed when typing the name of distribution list in the write mail form.
  • New! Added the help button link to signatures settings
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a crash bug
  • New! Browser - Started some of the work to build a password manager to be released in a future update.
  • New! Write Mail - Started work on replacing the auto complete from address book mechanism to be included in a future release
March 7 — Update to fix possible crash reading mail
An update was released to fix a possible crash while attempting to read some mails.
March 3 — Download Confirmation, Save window size/position
This update contains a TON of fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
Also included in this release...
  • New! HOT- Window Size and Position - Updated the default window sizes and positions so that no windows will open off the screen
  • New! HOT- Window size and position - Enabled the Save window size and position functionality
  • New! HOT- Write Mail - Fixed an issue that caused the send and sent later buttons to be disabled if an invalid email address was entered.
  • New! HOT- Added the ability to easily send a favorite in an Email
  • New! HOT- Added window default positions to prevent windows from opening out of the view-able area
  • New! HOT- Browser - Enabled the Add to email function from the browser heart as well as the ability to drag the browser heart into an email to easily share the website
  • New! HOT- Download Complete Confirmation page with functionality to FIND, and OPEN downloaded files
  • New! HOT- Downloads - Implemented the download confirmation window
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed a database issue that was causing users to see a "try again in 5 minutes" message while attempting to load email.
  • New! HOT- Read Mail - Added a line to show the BCC's recipients on a sent mail.
  • New! HOT- Read Mail - Added the ability to copy and paste from an emails Send to, CC, and Subject line
  • New! HOT- added the ability to easily add a favorite to the toolbar
  • New! Added friendly error messages to existing error messages about Email
  • New! Added the HELP link in mail
  • New! Browser - Fixed an issue that prevented CTRL+T from opening new tabs
  • New! Downloads - Added the setting to turn off the download confirmation window
  • New! Downloads - Started work on the download complete window
  • New! Added the select footprints to clear menu item
  • New! Read Mail - Hiding the reply to field when it matches the from field
  • New! Write mail - Added a delete picture to the write mail context menu to remove pictures from a mail
  • Fixed a browser crash
  • Fixed a bug that caused the browser to freeze in some instances
  • Fixed an AOL Desktop crash
  • Fixed some focus issues that caused the welcome screen to load in front of other windows
  • Fixed Mail Drafts - Fixed a bug where saving a draft when not signed on would result in a blank error message
  • Fixed Mail Signatures - Fixed some usability concerns that results in user confusion around not being able to save a mail signature file
  • Fixed Mailbox - Fixed a crash when scrolling the mailbox and opening mails
February 23 — Update to fix memory leak
An update was released to fix a memory leak with the mail list.
February 22 — Update to mail list refreshing and focus
An update was released to fix some mail list refreshing and focus issues, as well as browser popups.
February 20 — Major fixes in mail
This update contains a TON of fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
Also included in this release...
  • New! HOT- Added the ability to drag and drop images from your computer to the email form OR the attachments area
  • New! HOT- Browser - Added the lock icon to indicate secure web pages
  • New! HOT- Browser - Fixed an issue where adding a favorite place would use the first web page in the browser instead of the current web page
  • New! HOT- Fixed an issue where sometimes a browser page would load on top of the previous page, not removing all of the previous page contents.
  • New! HOT- Mail Settings - Added setting to turn off Auto Add contacts to address book
  • New! HOT- Mail Settings - Implemented setting to turn off delete confirmation message
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed an issue where sometimes emails wouldn't appear in the email list
  • New! HOT- Write mail - Implemented the ability to copy and paste files from window explorer into the write mail window
  • New! HOT - Write mail - Introduced auto sizing for images when they are added top the READ mail window
  • New! HOT- Browser - Enabled GPU acceleration in the browser for performance improvements on games.aol.com
  • New! HOT- Browser - Updated the browser to chrome 55
  • New! Address Book - Added an error message when attempting to add more than 5000 contacts to the address book
  • New! Address Book Settings - Added the setting for "auto add contacts to address book"
  • New! Popup Blocker - Started work on a browser popup blocker to be included in a future release
  • New! Browser Settings - Implemented the clear search history setting
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed some browser crashes
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed an issue where sometimes typing in a URL would open the previous web page instead of the URL that was typed
  • Fixed Browser Fixed an issue where the browser URL would not be cleared out of the URL bar when the browser was closed.
  • Fixed Mailbox - Fixed a crash when you clicked on KEEP AS NEW on a mail saved on my pc
  • Fixed Mailbox - Fixed an issue where sometimes emails wouldn't show up in the mail list
  • Fixed Reduced the number of actions that will result in a "Please try again in 5 minutes" notification
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed an issue that prevented drafts with images from being saved
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes AOL Desktop would hang if you close the write mail window too quickly
  • Fixed Write Mail -Fixed an issue where sometimes dragging and dropping an image into the attachments section resulted in the write mail form hanging.
February 8 — Minor update to the URL bar

A minor update was released to update the way the URL bar displays web pages.
This is also testing the update mechanism with various anti-virus software packages. If you receive warning from your anti-virus software during the update process, please let us know by submitting some feedback.