AOL to offer free web based e-mail service

By Derek Sooman on December 23, 2004, 9:37 AM
AOL will attempt to compete directly with the likes of Yahoo Inc., MSN and Google Inc. when it launches its own free Web-based e-mail service. They have made available a beta of a revamped Web-based e-mail service called "AOL Mail on the Web", which is available to AOL members who are registered beta testers. The final intention will be to provide web based mail to nonsubscribers of AOL.

In early 2005, the service will replace an existing Web interface that lets AOL's paying subscribers access their e-mail from the site. But later in the year, the company also plans to open the service to nonsubscribers—a move that would pit it against the likes of Yahoo Mail, MSN Hotmail and Google's Gmail beta service.

"It is part of [our] broader strategy to offer more AOL services on the Web to audiences beyond members." - AOL spokeswoman Jaymelina Esmele.

AOL, who has seen its base of dial-up subscribers continue to fall, believes that the move will help to offer AOL's online services to a broader audience.

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Strakian said:
AOL is the plague. I don't understand why anyone would install this trash... AIM does it all without intwining itself into your computer and hogging all the ram, and you can check your mail on 9/10 when people are complaining about their computer being too slow... it has AOL on it and it's eating up over half the RAM with silly toolbar addons and background programs. Worst part is you can never really disable it from starting up, let alone removing it from a system without formatting. I can't wait for this company to go under.
Astro said:
Well I got a new Dell and unfortunately it had AOL preinstalled on it, but I was able to uninstall it immediately before ever even loading the program itself and there haven't been any problems.I agree though, usually when someone is having computer problems, it's AOL that is causing it or at least contributing to part of the problem.
Phantasm66 said:
I'm pleased to say that although I've had to look at AOL sourced media files before, I've never been a member, and never installed any of their software. And I plan to keep it that way. What a lot of horrible [DELETED]. Sorry, but its true.[Edited by Phantasm66 on 2004-12-23 18:14:20]
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