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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

December #4 (December 13) - 11.0.1517
December #3 (December 6) - 11.0.1503
December #2 (December 5) - 11.0.1500
December #1 (December 1) - 11.0.1496
November #5 (November 30) - 11.0.1491
November #4 (November 17) - 11.0.1477

November #3 (November 16) - 11.0.1474
November #2 (November 15) - 11.0.1471
November #1 (November 8) - 11.0.1455
October #7 (October 31) - 11.0.1443
October #6 (October 25) - 11.0.1431
October #5 (October 20) - 11.0.1427
October #4 (October 18) - 11.0.1425
October #3 (October 16) - 11.0.1422

October #2 (October 5) - 11.0.1406
October #1 (October 4) - 11.0.1404
September #6 (September 28) - 11.0.1395
September #5 (September 26) - 11.0.1386
September #4 (September 21) - 11.0.1374
September #3 (September 13) - 11.0.1358
September #2 (September 8) - 11.0.1347
September #1 (September 6) - 11.0.1337
August #9 (August 30) - 11.0.1325
August #8 (August 28) - 11.0.1318
August #7 (August 28) - 11.0.1314
August #6 (August 23) - 11.0.1308
August #5 (August 22) - 11.0.1305
August #4 (August 17) - 11.0.1300
August #3 (August 7; PM) - 11.0.1271
August #2 (August 7; AM) - 11.0.1269
August #1 (August 4) - 11.0.1268
July #4 (July 26) - 11.0.1244
July #3 (July 21) - 11.0.1230
July #2 (July 18) - 11.0.1225
July #1 (July 14) - 11.0.1220
June #3 (June 28) - 11.0.1187
June #2 (June 21) - 11.0.1175
June #1 (June 13) - 11.0.1170
May #6 (May 30) - 11.0.1144/1145
May #5 (May 26) - 11.0.1143
May #4 (May 18) - 11.0.1122
May #3 (May 16) - 11.0.1120
May #2 (May 2) - 11.0.1088
May #1 (May 1) - 11.0.1087
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
December Features and Fixes!
These updates contains fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback as well as most requested features. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!

December Update #4 - 12/13/2017 (Version 11.0.1517):
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases, crash at sign on
  • HOT Fixed - images saved to draft no longer appear when re-edited
  • Fixed - in some cases, next mail in list marked read when deleting last read mail


December Update #3 - 12/6/2017 (Version 11.0.1503):
  • Fixed - in some cases Favorites folders would not be imported
  • Fixed - extraneous prompt to log in at AOL webmail


December Update #2 - 12/5/2017 (Version 11.0.1500):
  • HOT Fixed - various crashes fixes
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases images in read mail were not displaying correctly


December Update #1 - 12/1/2017 (Version 11.0.1496):
  • Fixed - In some cases imported favorites conflicted with getting favorites from host
November Features and Fixes!
These updates contains fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback as well as most requested features. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!

November Update #5 - 11/30/2017 (Version 11.0.1491):
  • HOT Fixed - Favorites don't load all the time
  • Fixed - Favorites are not alphabetized
  • Fixed - Mail count not always accurate
  • Fixed - Copying/Moving mails don't always stay where they were copied/moved to
  • Fixed - Custom Fonts in settings are not always used in email
  • Fixed - Can't easily edit pictures within a write mail window
  • Fixed - Ability to indent in the write mail window

November Update #4 - 11/17/2017 (Version 11.0.1477):
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases crashing when sending, closing, or sending later Email

November Update #3 - 11/16/2017 (Version 11.0.1474):
  • HOT Fixed - sometimes compose mail form opens after signing on
  • Fixed - find and replace dialog in mail was hard to read (light grey with white text)

November Update #2 - 11/15/2017 (Version 11.0.1471):
  • HOT Fixed - update html editor, improved ability to get to image editor
  • HOT New! - auto save draft locally in case of crash (will redisplay mail at next signed on session)
  • HOT New! - install flash if not already installed
  • New! - ability to indent and add horizontal rule to writing mail
  • New! - basic auth for web logins (popup dialog to log in)

November Update #1 - 11/8/2017 (Version 11.0.1455):
  • HOT Fixed - importing large amounts of mail took a long time
  • HOT Fixed - browser sometimes wouldn't navigate to newly entered URL/item from history
  • HOT Fixed - mailbox shouldn't resync if closed
  • HOT Fixed - some actions should cleanup list of mails displayed
  • HOT Fixed - some users getting green impact size 18 font with magenta background
  • HOT New! - context menu edit items in mail signature editor
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.
October Features and Fixes!
These updates contains fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback as well as most requested features. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
October Update #7 - 10/31/2017 (Version 11.0.1443):
  • HOT Fixed - mail operations not showing mail in proper folder
  • HOT Fixed - insert link in Mail fix
  • HOT Fixed - Some users are seeing "5 Minute" messages when deleting mail
  • HOT Fixed - Popups were appearing for some users from web pages (atwola.com)

October Update #6 - 10/25/2017 (Version 11.0.1431):
  • HOT NEW! - Sound Settings (General Settings) for each individual event on or off
  • HOT NEW! - reply style of none (no blue bar) Mail Settings -> General
  • NEW! - handling of some web error conditions
  • HOT Fixed - mail operations not showing mail in proper folder
  • menu item changes with updated links, toolbar carousel icon changes
  • mail count on toolbar tweaks for readability

October Update #5 - 10/20/2017 (Version 11.0.1427):
  • Fixed - move mail operations might not show proper error in error conditions

October Update #4 - 10/18/2017 (Version 11.0.1425):
  • HOT Fixed - move mail operations
  • HOT Fixed - emoticons in Email
  • HOT Fixed - custom local folders displaying with wrong name

October Update #3 - 10/16/2017 (Version 11.0.1422):
  • HOT NEW! - Quick Find in favorites
  • HOT NEW! - opening of attached files to compose mail
  • HOT NEW! - full screen video in browser
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases mail list not updating, count of mail not matching actual count, moved mail not displaying in destination, deleted mail not deleting
  • HOT Fixed - emoticons in Email
  • Fixed - in some cases linked pages open up about:blank
  • Fixed - extended characters in Email subject not displaying correctly
  • Fixed - in some cases groups of mail not imported

October Update #2 - 10/5/2017 (Version 11.0.1406):
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases browser content loads then goes blank
  • Fixed - in some cases client crashes at launch

October Update #1 - 10/4/2017 (Version 11.0.1404):
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases blocks of mail not listed in mail list, requiring refresh of folder
  • Fixed - various browser crashes
  • Fixed - computer coming back from sleep and authentication issues
  • Fixed - more mailto url conversion issues
September Features and Fixes!
These updates contains fixes that were discovered through beta testers feedback as well as most requested features. If you like what you see, or want to vote for the next feature to be added, drop us a line of feedback!
September Update #6 - 9/28/2017 (Version 11.0.1395):
  • HOT Fixed - logic to retry sending mail when fails, re-enable buttons
  • HOT Fixed - mailbox list of mails font color of black
  • HOT Fixed - URL history not showing any history or only current page
  • Fixed - mailto links dropping text
  • Fixed - mailto body added after signature
  • various crash fixes

September Update #5 - 9/26/2017 (Version 11.0.1386):
  • HOT Fixed - mail count on toolbar might not have updated until opening mailbox
  • Fixed - appending @aol.com to email addresses from address book if in username format
  • Fixed - sometimes pasting images into mail could fail
  • various crash fixes
  • cases where browsersubprocess processes wouldn't close when content was closed

September Update #4 - 9/21/2017 (Version 11.0.1374):
  • HOT NEW! - Updated browser (Chromium 60)
  • HOT Fixed - file download in browser not downloading file
  • HOT Fixed - deleted favorites return next session
  • HOT Fixed - in some cases sections of mail list missing
  • Fixed - save drafts update mail list immediately
  • Fixed - drafts folder not updating

September Update #3 - 9/13/2017 (Version 11.0.1358):
  • HOT NEW! - more mail sound
  • HOT NEW! - MAPI mail support (attach file from applications)
  • HOT Fixed - incorrectly displaying welcome experience and other browser pages when clearing cache at restart of client
  • Fixed - status bar displaying in chat windows
  • Fixed - some instances of blank favorites list
  • Fixed - some instances of hanging/freezing when attempting to compose mail and other browser focus issues
  • default popup blocker to Allow from sites list (was set to allow all)
  • default popup sound defaulted to off

September Update #2 - 9/8/2017 (Version 11.0.1347):
  • HOT NEW! - Popup Blocker
  • HOT NEW! - Tab stops in write mail with associated setting in mail settings
  • Fixed - some shortcuts while in tabbed browser
  • Fixed - gray block displaying sometimes when closing mail
  • Fixed - possible database error conditions

September Update #1 - 9/6/2017 (Version 11.0.1337):
  • HOT NEW! - Print Preview
  • HOT Fixed - new browser tabs or popups loading blank
  • Fixed - various browser crashes
  • Fixed - various possible database write errors
  • disable Premium Security
  • add disable hardware acceleration to settings for users that are experiencing crashing when watching videos or playing games
AOL as Default Web/Mail, URL Field Blank, Forward Mail Fixes
August 30: 11.0.1325:
Premium Security, unhide Save/Save As for saving Mail to a file, various crash and DB restore fixes.

August 28: 11.0.1318:
Add Save Email as PDF or TXT, enable menu items, for Find in browser and Email (that worked via shortcut keys, like ctrl + f).

August 28: 11.0.1314:
Fix for favorite heart left click not working, also Email column in read mail width default width.

August 23: 11.0.1308:
Fix for in some cases the desktop shortcut didn't exist after update.

August 22: 11.0.1305:
Quick update for browser password storing and other incremental general improvements.

August 17: 11.0.1300:
Keep those comments coming in. We have updated a lot of the functionality to include feedback from our users. You have a voice. Use feedback and Report a bug to keep us informed about what is important to you.

This update contains 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! - add to default programs and associations
  • NEW HOT! - ability to make AOL Desktop Gold the default for web or mail (on demand in general settings)
  • NEW - change title of application icons to AOL Desktop Gold
  • Fixed - Browser - URL field not updating or showing blank instead of current page URL
  • Fixed - Mail - images in imported mail not displaying (no need to reimport)
  • Fixed - Mail - spell checker splitting words at apostrophes
  • Fixed - Mail - crash in some instances when closing compose mail form
  • Fixed - Mail - scrolled down in next mail read
  • Fixed - Mail - initial focus in compose mail when forwarding
  • Fixed - Mail - forwarding of some mails lost line feed/carriage returns
  • Fixed - various crash fixes
Find on page, Mail updates, Spell Checker fixes
August 7: 11.0.1271: We released a quick change to fix the favorites slide bar from interfering with the organization of your favorites.
August 7: 11.0.1269: We released a quick change to prevent a favorites related crash. We are running some tests on our update mechanism so a few more updates may come out this week as well.

August 4th: 11.0.1268:
Keep those comments coming in. We have updated a lot of the functionality to include feedback from our users. You have a voice. Use feedback and Report a bug to keep us informed about what is important to you.

This update contains 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...
  • Added Find in Top Window!
  • Fixed a problem with users not getting new mail in their list
  • Spell Check stops working mid mail Fix
  • Spell check would incorrectly send on close or when clicked on settings Fix
  • Can't remove a contact from the address book Fix
  • Delayed when closing AOL Desktop Gold Fix
  • Moving large amounts of mail in in the mailbox Fix
  • Moving mail to its own folder fix
  • Mail error message fixes
  • BCC parenthesis in the address book will now work
  • drag N drop when dragging items into a write mail window fix
  • Drag N drop when dragging items into the browser fix
  • Fixed the Craigslist reply bug
  • Can't sign in if you had previously saved your password bug fix
Browser Crash fixes, Mail load fixes, Link
WOW.. The feedback has been great! We were able to find and fix several major crash bugs with your feedback.

This update contains 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! Download attachment progress bar
  • NEW! Multiple file download confirmation, click the link to open files
  • NEW! Crash Fix for Mail
  • NEW! Delete Crash Fix for Search Mail
  • NEW! Address book groups edit Fixes
Fast Start, Browser Overhaul, zoom, cut/copy/paste, welcome
We included a couple additional fixes for zoom, cut/copy/paste, and blank welcome screen fixes in July #2. 11.0.1230

We have completely overhauled the browser implementation. Please send us feedback on any and all websites that are not behaving properly. We have fixed many of the top reported crashes. If you experience a crash, please use the Report a Bug option so we get your diagnostic information.

This update contains 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! Ability to collapse Ad placements for future ad free option
  • NEW! Ad section of settings page for future ad free option
  • NEW! Stub application to support future OS default mail/browser application
  • NEW! Fast Start - Super Fast Startup
  • NEW! Overhaul entire browser implementation
  • NEW! Crashpad crash reporting upgrade to better track and fix crashes
  • FIXED Scroll bar sticking bug fix
  • FIXED Blank Web pages fix
  • FIXED Mail Crash fix
  • FIXED Download to removable drive crash fix
  • FIXED Browser Crash Fix
  • FIXED Blurry Text Fix
  • FIXED Spam Count correction Fix
  • FIXED Scrolling PDF Fix
  • FIXED Scrolling "Jumping", "Hopping", "Sticking" fix
  • FIXED Web pages with popups not loading correctly fix
  • FIXED NFL Page Crash Fix
  • FIXED Members 1st Bank website Crash Fix
  • FIXED Forward/Back browser buttons Fix
Performance Fixes, Blank Email fixes, Mail list improvements
We are focused on performance improvements in this and the next couple of releases. Fixing reported crashes and load times.

This update contains 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...
  • HOT Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where mails would open up blank and not show the body of the email
  • HOT Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes the mailbox wouldn't refresh without manually refreshing the mailbox
  • New - Chat - Added support to see the emoji in the send box before sending it.
  • Fixed - Chat - Fixed an issue where a word with a colon on it would prevent the message from being sent
  • Fixed - Chat - Fixed an issue where sometime the chat window didn't fit because the user had zoomed in their settings
  • Fixed - Chat - Fixed an issue where the chat windows wouldn't save their location
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed a crash when trying to sort the mailbox without any mail messages selected
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue what would sometimes the mailbox would popup on top of other windows without user interaction
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes loading email would cause errors
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes switching mail folders could cause a long delay in loading the mail, freezing AOL Desktop Gold
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed several issues that could result in crashes when using the spell checker
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed several issues that could result in mail not appearing properly
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where the delete button was partially off the default view
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where deleting mail saved on AOL after saving it to Saved On My PC would delete both copies
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where moving large amounts of mail from online folders would result in many of the mails not being copied over properly
  • Fixed - browser - Fixed an issue where sometimes pogo.com wouldn't load without clicking refresh multiple times
  • Fixed - Browser - Fixed a crash when visiting Xfinity.com
  • Fixed - Fixed a crash when using AOL Desktop Gold
  • Fixed - Fixed several issues that could result in crashes
  • Fixed - an issue that would sometimes cause AOL Desktop to function slowly
  • Fixed - Mail - Fixed an issue where navigating between folders in the email list would sometimes lost focus on which email was selected
  • New - Updated help about content for new company Oath