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Info and Community
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.
These are the things we've been working on so far and could use your help testing:
Here are a few things we are working on but they aren't quite ready yet and will be coming soon:
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!
This version of the desktop client was built with the focus on a superior broadband experience. Dialup is NOT available for this beta version.
Parental controls functionality (Web restrictions, usage timers, email restrictions etc) have been removed from this version of the product.
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.
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.
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 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.