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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

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
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
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
    • context menu in browser
    • Toolbar, mailbox, Explore toolbar icon
  3. Settings (Mail, Browser, General)
    • Settings button on the toolbar
  4. Mail
    • Sending and Receiving!
    • Saving to My PC (from read mail form as from Mail inbox/list)
    • Save as Draft
    • Using Address Book
    • Auto suggestion typing in address in To field
  5. Favorites
    • Displaying each time opened
    • 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)
  • A brand new AOL Chat is coming soon
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.
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.
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.

February 6 — Write mail fixes, Browser Settings & more
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- Address Book- Implemented Auto expanding the GROUPS folder
  • New! HOT- Browser Settings - Added the clear browser cache on exit setting in browser settings
  • New! HOT- Browser Settings - Implemented the browser session restore setting
  • New! HOT- Browser Settings - Implemented the clear cache on exit setting in browser settings
  • New! HOT- Downloads - Fixed the download directory so it will now remember the last directory that was used
  • New! HOT- Favorites - Added the ability to re-order favorite places within the favorites window
  • New! HOT- General - Added a RESET window size and position for users that are having issues with AOL Desktop window sizes and positions
  • New! HOT- Mail Settings - Fixed an issue causing the user defined font settings in email to not always save
  • New! HOT- Mail Settings - Implemented setting to turn off delete confirmation message
  • New! HOT- Mailbox - Fixed an issue that prevented the first mail in the list from being selected when a user selected a mail folder
  • New! HOT- Write Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes the font size wouldn't stay customized in a new paragraph in the WRITE mail window
  • New! HOT- Write Mail - Made improvements to the write mail window to prevent custom fonts from not properly displaying, allow for bullets and numbering, and allow signatures to appear as expected.
  • New! HOT- Write mail - Introduced auto sizing for images when they are added to the WRITE mail window
  • New! HOT- Write mail - Introduced auto sizing for images in the READ mail window
  • New! HOT- Write Mail - Fixed embedded images in email for most email types
  • New! Address Book - Added an error message when attempting to add more than 5000 contacts to the address book
  • New! General -Implemented keyboard shortcuts for items in the FILE menu
  • New! Write Mail - Implemented a check for attachments to see if they are in use by another application before sending emails
  • Fixed Mailbox - Fixed an issue where selecting a folder didn't always auto select the first mail in that folder.
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the ability to add bullets and numbering within the WRITE mail window
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed an issue that prevented users from creating lists within the WRITE mail window
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed an issue where sometimes replying to an email would open the response email scrolled down to the bottom of the email
  • Fixed Write Mail - Fixed an issue where the font highlight color doesn't always highlight the entire paragraph
  • Fixed Write mail - Fixed an issue where replying to an email put the cursor in the wrong place so users couldn't type in the mail form until they clicked in the form
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a browser crash
  • Fixed Browser - Fixed a browser crash
January 25 — Compose Mail fonts, Search Window Settings
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...
  • Fixed in some cases selecting a custom font in Mail Settings would be lost
  • Fixed is some cases unable to remove font attributes in Settings and Compose Mail
  • New! HOT - made several improvements to the write mail window to prevent custom fonts from not properly displaying, allow for bullets and numbering, and allow signatures to appear as expected.
  • New! HOT - Added the ability to turn off the Search Window
  • New! HOT - Added a "Save Mail as Draft" warning message to save an email as draft when you try to close it without sending it
  • New! HOT - Added a right click menu for images on web pages that includes SAVE
  • New! HOT - Added right click menu items including SAVE for images within mail
  • New! HOT - Added the Edit button to the carousel icons to edit the label
  • New! HOT - Fixed a bug that prevented users from saving images from emails to their computer
  • New! HOT - Fixed an bug that caused a reply or forwarded email from "Saved on My PC" to display as raw html code instead of properly formatting the email.
  • New! HOT - Fixed an issue where some users favorites list would seem out of date or different than what they saw on 9.8.2.
  • New! Fixed the edit menu items for cut/copy/paste
  • New! Increased the mail subject line max characters limit
  • New! Implemented the checking for message notification at sign on to trigger AOL message popups
  • New! Implemented the ability to edit the carousel name for shortcuts
  • New! Fixed a bug that would cause windows to move slightly from their saved positions
  • Fixed a bug that did not prevent users from entering more than 10 characters in the carousel title
  • Fixed a bug that was sometimes causing a crash when users would load their Favorite places listing
  • Fixed an issue that caused the import wizard to fail for some users
  • Fixed an issue where deleting an email would auto open the next email in the list
  • Fixed an issue where deleting the previous message wouldn't open the next message automatically
  • Fixed an issue where replying to an email put the cursor in the wrong place so users couldn't type in the mail form until they clicked in the form.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes clicking reply or forward in an email would result in the content not appearing in the write mail window.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes forwarding a mail with attachments wouldn't forward the email.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes pressing enter on the search page would NOT initiate a search
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes replying to an email would open the response email scrolled down to the bottom of the email
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the "Report a bug" window would open up at an odd size.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the GO button the favorites window wouldn't disable when a favorite place wasn't selected.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the drop down on the mail search page wouldn't work all of the time
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the write mail window didn't load after clicking reply
  • Fixed an typo on the close browser window
  • Fixed Updated the image on the sign on screen
  • Fixed Updated the import wizard to import favorites from the last installed version of AOL Desktop and make them always available.
  • Fixed Updated the installation Screen animation
  • Fixed Updated the settings A-Z page