AOL Quietly Posts Version 8.0
AOL told beta testers that the software had been declared GM, or "gold master."America Online made the final version of AOL 8.0 public on Wednesday afternoon, six days before the official scheduled release of the software. The first people to hear that the software had been completed: AOLs beta testers. In a dramatic e-mail with the subject, "We have reached another Beta milestone!," AOL told its testers that the software had been declared GM, or "gold master." The message continued: "Your efforts and feedback have paid off immensely during our feature testing the last few months, and today we have refreshed Keyword: Upgrade! Be sure to tell your friends and family to go to Keyword Upgrade to download the America Online 8.0 software."
It was not immediately clear why AOL decided to make the software public before its official launch date next week. America Online has planned a gala event at New Yorks Lincoln Center to mark the official launch on October 15. The launch will feature pop signer Alanis Morissette and AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case.