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AOL Instant Messenger, AIM, is the next generation free online chat service.

License: FreewarePublisher: AOL LLC.

OS: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000

Update: 2012-03-05 19:17:58Latest Version: 7.5.12.6

Change Logs

AIM 6.8.14.6/6.9 Beta 4
  • This update is packed with friend-finding tools, new ways to follow your friends' updates from sites like Twitter and YouTube, plus more ways to make your profile work for you like displaying your photo in your Buddy Info.
  • Find out whether the friends you email are already on AIM
  • Follow your friends' updates and let your friends follow you
  • Experience a richer Buddy Info
AIM 6.2.14.2

The feedback you submitted during the last series of beta tests was heard loud and clear. As a result, some new features and functionality will be added to the client. These feature's are currently planned to be added gradually.

Some examples of features slated to be added are proxy settings, several cool skins, and a one-click method to send an SMS text message to your buddy. This is just a subset of upcoming features and you will be the first to use and submit your comments against them.

The new version of the AIM 6 beta software is 6.2.14.2. You may determine this by going to Help and then selecting About AIM.

This release incorporates the following new features:

  • The Buddy Notes feature, also known as Buddy Notes in AIM 5.9. The Edit/New Buddy window now offers a Notes field. The Notes entered against a buddy are surfaced in the Quickview tooltip for that buddy.
  • A new theme, black chrome, has been added to the color changer, accessible from the small circular button next to Help on your Buddy List.

The new build also offers some functionality changes:

  • A self-extracting installer will be used to deliver the build to your machine. This means that there should be fewer problems with downloading installers for this and future versions of the software.
  • The Notifications window has been redesigned to look much smaller and use Arial font text as opposed to the Times New Roman font that was used in previous versions of the software.
  • The Settings window is now accessible from the Sign On screen. To get to it, simply select or enter an already-saved user name in the Screen Name field and then either click the Settings link below the Sign On button or go to Edit then select Settings.
AIM 6.0.28.1

Offline IMs

  • Offline IMs Don't miss out on your IMs just because you're busy. AIM 6.0 lets you retrieve the messages you missed while you were offline.

IM Grouping

  • IM Grouping Keep all of your IMs organized in one easy window. AIM 6.0 makes managing your social life even easier.

IM Logging

  • IM Logging AIM 6.0 lets you save your IM conversations on your computer. Now you'll never have to worry about remembering what one of your friends said to you.

Picture Sharing

  • Picture Sharing Share your pictures with your buddies with AIM 6.0. The new drag-and-drop interface makes it a snap.

Bigger Buddy List

  • Bigger Buddy List We've doubled the number of buddies you can have on your Buddy List window. AIM 6.0 makes it easy to stay in touch with up to 1,000 of your closest friends.

PC to PC Chat

  • PC to PC Chat AIM 6.0 integrates seamlessly with AIM® Phoneline. Keep on talking with your friends, even if your fingers are tired of typing.

Innovative Wallpapers

  • Innovative Wallpapers These wallpapers are interactive - they work with AIM 6.0 and have lots of hidden surprises waiting for you to discover.

AIM Pages

  • AIM Pages AIM 6.0 brings profiles to a whole new life. We'll start your AIM® Page off with some vanity info, and you fill in the rest.
AIM 6.9.13.4/7 Beta 1
  • New look and feel! We've got a redesigned user interface that we think you'll love.
  • Better performance. We've been under the hood tweaking the software to make it run faster and use less of your PC's resources.
  • Bigger buddy icons! What's not to love about that?
  • Buddy icon cropper. Click on your icon near the top of your buddy list and you can pick a picture off of your PC and zoom in on your face for a great buddy icon.
  • Big status entry area. We make it really easy to see your current status message. Also, when you change from online to away we'll put your cursor in the status message so you can tell people what you're up to.
  • New advertisement size and placement. We think the new ad fits better in the buddy list and hope you agree.
AIM 7 Beta 2/6.9.15.1

What's new in this version:

Lifestream! This is big. Keep tabs on what's going on with your buddies. We've added a convenient "Lifestream" tab to the Buddy List. There is so much to check out:

  • Get AIM activities like status updates.
  • Got friends on other networks? Add your Facebook or Twitter services and never miss an update.
  • You can add your YouTube or Delicious accounts too.
  • Leave a comment, like an item. Obviously, if your friends don't have the beta they won't know about the Lifestream so if you want to try out commenting back and forth with someone make sure they have the beta too.
  • See only what you want, try out the handy filtering tool at the top of your Lifestream tab.
  • Share photos on your lifestream. Look for Photos section on the right of the page and start uploading.
  • Test out the rest of the site, including adding services (click settings at the top of your page), filtering, and more.
  • Me tab. The "Me" tab is a companion to the Lifestream that lets you know when people leave you comments or "like" your updates. We've got a lot of work to do here, so be sure to check out Known Issues.
  • Colors/Themes for AIM! We're listening to your feedback and this was something a lot of beta testers wanted. We agree that one color for the buddy list is boring and we think you'll find the new themes even better than the themes we had in the past.
  • Saved Away Messages. We heard the community loud and clear on this one. People like their saved away messages. They are back!
  • Better Buddy Info. Buddy Info now includes lifestream.
  • Improved Conversation Bubbles. You can now choose between "modern" or "classic" mode for your conversation text. We improved the modern mode greatly in this beta.

New stuff in AIM 7 that was in Beta 1 and remains in Beta 2:

  • New look and feel! We've got a redesigned user interface that we think you'll love.
  • Better performance. We've been under the hood tweaking the software to make it run faster and use less of your PC's resources.
  • Bigger buddy icons! What's not to love about that?
  • Buddy icon cropper. Click on your icon near the top of your buddy list and you can pick a picture off of your PC and zoom in on your face for a great buddy icon.
  • Big status entry area. We make it really easy to see your current status message. Also, when you change from online to away we'll put your cursor in the status message so you can tell people what you're up to.
  • New advertisement size and placement. We think the new ad fits better in the buddy list and hope you agree.
AIM 7.0 Beta 3/6.9.15.1

Upload pictures with your status messages.
Sometimes a message really needs a picture to get the point across. Now you can upload a picture from your PC that will appear next to your status message in AIM 7 and in the lifestream. For now, the pics will be shown next to your status only when viewed by AIM 7 and lifestream users.

Stability improvements

We found a bunch of crashes in Beta 2 (thanks for the testing!) and have done a lot of work that we believe will make Beta 3 more stable. We're always trying to make AIM as reliable as we can.

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