AOL pulls the plug on Instant Messenger division (updated)

By Shawn Knight
Mar 14, 2012
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  1. Update: An AOL spokesperson has since told Computerworld that the company isn't killing Instant Messenger and they will continue to support and evolve the product.

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  2. I still use it.
    I find it has the best voice chat.
  3. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Who uses a dedicated chat client anymore? That's what I really want to know.
  4. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    not since maybe the last time in 2005.
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    what long way it has come. back in the days... whenver you reinstall windows... AIM was always one of the essential softwares you would put on. past relationships used to end on AIM as well.. now a days... you break it up on facebook lol.
  6. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +45

    I don't know if this counts, but for years my family has had a couple dedicated channels on a chat client called "Team Speak"! We still use it, I have the client running all the time on a small in home server I got, as so anyone can use it who is registered on the "family channel" at anytime day or night. I just talked to my Uncle a couple days back on it, we all tend to like it! :)
  7. That's funny, Teamspeak is usually for competitive gaming teams.
  8. Yes. For work and personal.
  9. Recycle

    Recycle TS Rookie Posts: 53

    For what it's worth, I talk to people on AIM on a daily basis. I also use skype and gtalk as well, it just depends on personal preference really.
  10. wow cant believe it. was one of the first msn i have use back in 97.
  11. I still use aim. I even use it to talk to my Facebook friends. I hope they let me reach out to the people I talk to before its completely gone. This is going to change the way I spend time at the computer.
  12. How AOL is even still alive is the real question.
  13. :(I do not chat
    don't need rude interruptions but recently:
    I am getting this message frequently, interspersed with “This computer appears to be offline”
    Messaging Agent wants to use your confidential information stored in “f...o” in your keychain.
    Do you want to allow access to this item?
    I click DENY since I haven’t the foggiest idea who is sending it or why and it’s a rude interruption.
    Despite deny, I then get this:
    AOL Instant Messenger password
    Please enter your login ID and password for
    So then I click CANCEL but it keeps coming back
    Also sometimes a little box pops up.
    Very annoying
    Piss off!!!

    Who is this Messaging Agent?
    What is Instant Messenger?
    What is it for?
    Do I need it?
    How did they find me?
  14. AOL? LOL LMAO.
  15. I use the protocol, not the client...

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