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

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
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

Focus Areas Things we could use your help testing:
  1. AOL Desktop Browser
    • Let us know if specific web pages do not work
    • Context menu items
  2. Search
    • Search window at sign on
  3. Settings
    • Configure all Settings from the settings button on the toolbar
  4. Mail
    • Sending and Receiving
    • Saving to My PC (from read mail form as well as from Mail inbox/list)
    • Using Address Book
    • Auto suggestion typing in address in To field
    • Reading plain text mail and mail from various clients and providers
  5. Chat
    • Entering Chat rooms
    • Creating Chat rooms
    • Chat room Settings
  6. Favorites
    • Displaying each time opened
    • Moving/organizing favorites
    • Displaying same items as previous AOL Desktop software
    • Destination correct for favorite attempted
  7. Premium Security
    • Anti-keylogging display on titlebar
    • anti-screen capture

Known Issues: Working on but 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)
Duplicate email fix
With your help, we were able to identify and resolve an issue that sometimes caused the email list to contain duplicate emails.
Mail fixes, Mail Status, Crash Fixes and more
This is our first release of the new icon and branding, and some Learn More links and content. Many performance and mail rendering issues also implemented.

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! Upgraded to Chrome 57 as the browser
  • NEW HOT! Add the date as a secondary sort when sorting the mailbox by a different column.
  • Fixed HOT! Fixed the ability to save Welcome Size and position
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a crash
  • Fixed Chat - fixed an issue where copy and pasted emoji's wouldn't appear as emoji's
  • Fixed Chat - resized the chat window to fit properly in 10X7 resolutions
  • Fixed - Browser - Fixed a browser crash
  • Fixed - Browser - Fixed a crash in the browser
  • Fixed - Install - Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the AOL Desktop icon from properly appearing on the Windows Desktop
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash when launching AOL Desktop Gold on a non US windows OS.
  • Fixed an issue where after sorting the mailbox, the sort order would sometime be lost
  • Fixed an issue where the URL bar autocomplete was sometimes too aggressive and wouldn't allow users to auto correct simply to the domain url they wanted to visit.
  • Fixed - Browser - Fixed an issue where the cursor would be blinking in a field on the browser, but users couldn't start typing without first clicking in the box.
  • Installer - Updated the installer to take advantage of new features in the future
  • Fixed Mail - an issue that caused slowness when loading a large email list for the first time
  • Fixed Mail - an issue that caused the first mail in the mail list from being selected even though it looks like its selected.
  • Fixed Mail - an issue where spell check would check the unseen characters in an email, AKA the "emoji" bug.
  • Fixed Window Size - Fixed a bug that prevented some users from saving their welcome screen size and position
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.
Branding/Icons, Learn More Help Links, Performance Improvements
This is our first release of the new icon and branding, and some Learn More links and content. Many performance and mail rendering issues also implemented.

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- Icon and some logos
  • New! HOT- Learn More links in Premium Security and store password prompt in browser
  • Fixed Browser - initial focus in web content
  • Fixed Address Book - stop bring compose mail in focus when adding contacts
  • Fixed Mail - performance improvements with database
  • Fixed Browser - addressed a crash
  • Fixed Mail - unicode encoding sending mail
  • Fixed Mail - html code in incoming read mail
  • Fixed Mail - addressed numerous causes of read mail message being blank
  • Fixed General - About AOL dialog changes
  • Fixed Favorites - unicode encoding
  • Fixed Browser (and Mail) - enable +/- on number pad for zooming content
Classic Spell Check, Window Sizes, Favorites
This is our first release of the brand new Spell Check, Favorites fixes, and some window size and position changes. May # 4 also installs the AOL Desktop Gold Premium Security Features for added protection.

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- Spelling - Added classic spell checker
  • New! HOT- Spelling - New Added the check spelling on send setting
  • New! HOT- Favs - Fixed an issue that would sometimes prevent the favorite places heart from working properly
  • New! HOT- Favs - Fixed an issue where sometimes favorites would be duplicated
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed an issue where at small resolutions the mailbox would force scroll bars and wouldn't allow users to save a new position
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed an issue where in small resolutions the mailbox would appear off the window by default
  • New! HOT- Browser - Fixed an issue that was causing the browser to open partially off the page by default.
  • New! Favs - Added the folder selection to the add new favorite window
  • New! Passwords - Implemented the browser password manager for web sites.
  • New! Passwords - Implemented the search password field for browser passwords
  • New! Spelling - Added the spell checking context menu in write mail
  • New! Spelling - added the spell check button
  • Fixed Read Mail - an issue that caused some emails to load with no spaces between words when sent from mass email systems
  • Fixed Read mail - a crash when reading specific emails that contained specific content
  • Fixed Favs - an issue where sometimes scrolling the favorites list would select and move favorites
  • Fixed Mailbox - an issue where some users couldn't delete specific emails without them reappearing
Focus Areas Things we could use your help testing:
  1. AOL Desktop Browser
    • Let us know if specific web pages do not work
    • Context menu items
  2. Search
    • Search window at sign on
  3. Settings
    • Configure all Settings from the settings button on the toolbar
  4. Mail
    • Sending and Receiving
    • Saving to My PC (from read mail form as from Mail inbox/list)
    • Using Address Book
    • Auto suggestion typing in address in To field
  5. Chat
    • Entering Chat rooms
    • Creating Chat rooms
    • Chat room Settings
  6. Favorites
    • Displaying each time opened
    • Moving/organizing favorites
    • Displaying same items as previous AOL Desktop software
    • Destination correct for favorite attempted

Known Issues: Working on but 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)
Autocomplete from address book and Browser Password Manager
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...
  • 5/2/17 - Fixed Mail - Fixed an issue that prevented some mails from being deleted.
  • New! HOT Auto complete email address from address book. Type in First Name, Last name, Nick name, or Email address in the address fields of the write mail window.
  • New! HOT Browser - Importing the browser password information from old versions of AOL Desktop.
  • New! HOT - Added browser password manager
  • New! HOT Chat - Added chat settings
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a bug where when a browser was maximized, it would restore itself to a smaller size automatically
  • Fixed Favorites - Fixed a crash when deleting a favorite
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause a mail folder to not auto refresh as new mail was received
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed a bug where if the mailbox was open, it would not always refresh when new mail was received.
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes the inbox wouldn't population emails without first right clicking and selecting Refresh Mailbox
  • Fixed Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes the mail count wouldn't match the number of mails
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
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