Founded in 1985 in Vienna, Virginia, USA, AOL (American Online), originally known as Quantum Computer Services, has over five million subscribers from around the world. Its CEO, Steve Case, is working to make AOL a leader in online communications and has worked to make the service more user-friendly. Those who are considering using a service for their email and chatting needs should consider AOL for the following reasons.
My AIM, the instant messaging program on AOL allows users from around the world to communicate easily with one another. AIM is compatible with most computer program and has its largest market in the United States. The users of AOL AIM also have access to other messaging software such as iChat and ICQ, and AIM can be used on iPhones and iPads.
Those who use AOL have access to a system that is user-friendly. People who are busy and leave their email up during the day will appreciate AOL voice feature that informs you when you have a new mail. Tabs There are only seven tabs that a user has to worry about when using AOL email: - Check mail - Compose - Reply - Forward - Action - Delete - Spam This simplicity makes it easy for those who are new or have little experience to understand what to do when emailing. Users who need time to draft and revise an email can save the email under the draft feature of the email page.
My AOL gives users access to tools which can help them to organise their lives. Those who have access to AOL can use the AOL calendar for appointments. Users can also organise events and make a daily to-do list on the site. Special toolbar AOL users can opt to have a special toolbar installed on their email account. This toolbar allows you to see the news that you want instantly and to more easily share information with your contacts.
AOL has an online news website which can be enjoyed by users and non-users alike. The news follows politics, sciences, religion and special events. Users have access to this service without having to log-out of their email account. The news can be found on the users's homepage. References History of AOL - Wired.com