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

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
AOL as Default Web/Mail, URL Field Blank, Forward Mail Fixes
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
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.
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
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
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)