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The beta version of the GM release is now available for direct download. You can pick it up using the 'Download Now' button to the right. Remember, though, by using the beta software you're agreeing to receive automatic updates with the latest version each time a new one becomes available.
Starting today, users who still have previous beta versions should receive an automatic update using the new auto-update process to bring them up-to-date with a beta version of the GM release. This new version, 4346.14, is a parallel build with the GM. By installing and continuing to use this beta version of the GM, you're allowing us to send you updates when the next beta release becomes available.
Interested in joining still? Download and install the previous 9.7.4 beta version from the 'Download Now' button in the upper-right and you'll receive the auto-update to the latest version shortly thereafter. We should have a full install for this version in the near future.
That's right. AOL Desktop 9.8 went Gold Master on August 10th and was made available for public download. Unlike previous betas, we rolled a fix into the GM release that addressed a crash that occurred while users on Windows 10 were working in email.
While the public GM is available on Discover AOL, and you're welcome to download it, we will be delivering you and auto-update for a parallel beta release of the GM release, so stay tuned for that as well.
AOL Desktop 9.8 addresses several things we've heard from the community at large.
Since we've made quite a few changes in this release. Please make sure to send us feedback about anything you see or experience!
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.
Great question! In order to re-test the auto-update mechanism, you need to:
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.
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:
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:
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.