While America Online Inc. wont go as far as to say AOL Suite will replace the aging AOL 9.0 client, the company is preparing to distribute its new package of applications on CD as part of a beta test called “Topeka.”
AOL Suite will be the first software from the company to ship on CD aside from its namesake client.
Integrating AOL Explorer, Mail and AIM Triton, AOL Suite will serve as the companys next-generation interface for subscribers.
The idea was to build software that is more in tune with current consumer behavior—from broadband to multi-tasking—while moving away from an all-in-one client experience.
At the heart of AOL Suite lies a navigation bar that resides on the side of the screen to launch applications and provide instant access to AOL services such as travel and keywords.
Pop-out menus offer quick access to incoming instant messages or e-mails.
AOL Suite also connects subscribers with the new Safety and Security Center and AOL Pictures online photo application.
The company has placed enormous development resources on the project, issuing weekly updates to the software and providing technical assistance over the phone.