AOL Mail

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AOL Mail
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A screenshot of an AOL Mail inbox in January 2014.
Type of site
Web application (E-mail, webmail)
Available in54 languages
Owner AOL
URL mail.aol.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
CommercialNo
RegistrationRequired
Current statusOnline
Content license
Proprietary

AOL Mail (stylized as Aol Mail.) is a free web-based email service provided by AOL, a division of Verizon Communications.

Contents

Features

AOL Mail has the following features available:

If an AOL Mail account is inactive for 90 days, it may become deactivated, at which point any emails sent to it may not be delivered and may be returned to sender. After 180 days of inactivity, the account may be deleted. [8]

History

In 1993, both America Online (AOL) and Delphi started connecting their proprietary e-mail services to the Internet. [9]

As of October 1997, AOL Mail was the world's largest e-mail provider, with around 9 million subscribers [10] (identical with the number of AOL subscribers). [11]

In 1997, AOL launched NetMail, a web-based version of its e-mail service. It was initially criticized for only working on Internet Explorer, but a later Java-written version ensured compatibility with Netscape Navigator. [12] The service was renamed AOL Mail on the Web in December 1999. [13]

In January 2001, an e-mail alert service for text-based digital cellphones and pagers was launched. [14]

In 2004, AOL tested a new free webmail service for the public, without the need of customers subscribing to AOL. This was done in an effort to compete better against MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail. [15] The service launched in May 2005 under the name AIM Mail, with 2 gigabytes of mail storage and tightly integrated with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). It is based on technology from MailBlocks, which AOL acquired in 2004. [16]

From August 2006, AOL became entirely free of charge for broadband users. [17] [18] The same month, Netscape Mail was migrated to AIM Mail. [19]

In November 2010, AOL released Project Phoenix, an email application program that features a Quick Bar where emails, text messages, and AOL Instant Messenger messages can be sent from one area. It also lets people add up to five accounts into it. [20] In 2012, AOL released the Alto Mail software.

As of July 2012, there were 24 million AOL Mail users. [21]

On March 16, 2017, Verizon, which had acquired AOL in 2015, announced that it would discontinue its in-house email services for internet subscribers, and migrate all customers to AOL Mail. [22]

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