Updated AOL Web Mail Will Be Free
The new Web mail will feature address book updates, a revamped user interface, and AOL Instant Messenger integration.America Online Inc. is rolling out a major upgrade to AOL Mail on the Web that lays the groundwork for a free Web mail service to be launched later this year. The move furthers AOLs strategy of opening its doors to nonmembers and will place the company on par with portal rivals MSN, Yahoo and Google. The new Web mail service integrates AOL Instant Messenger presence awareness, drag and drop capabilities, a new address book, and the ability to rescind unread e-mail sent to other AOL members within a revamped user interface.
AOL has begun the process of opening up its AIM community to third parties and integrating the messaging service across its Web properties. AOLs trademark Running Man is displayed throughout AOL Web mail, indicating the online presence of friends, family and coworkers.