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America Online, Inc. Debuts New and AIM(R) Today.

DULLES, Va. -- America Online See AOL. , Inc.:
New Home Page Offers One-Click Access to the AOL(R) Instant
    Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)), AIM(R) Mail and Mobile AIM(R) Services

 Revamped AIM Today Companion Screen Delivers Top Content from AOL(R)
     News, AOL(R) Music, AOL(R) Television, AOL(R) Sports and More

America Online, Inc. and the AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. (R) Instant Messenger AOL's instant messaging service. See AIM and instant messaging. (TM) (AIM(R)) service today announced the debut of a new home page ( and redesigned AIM(R) Today companion screen. The new and AIM Today offer a fresh look and feel, with the latter being updated four times throughout the day. Both provide users with easier access to their preferred communications services while surfacing compelling content and interactive features from third-party partners and America Online, Inc.

"AIM(R) and AIM(R) Mail users are incredibly connected and like to multi-task. It's typical for them to send SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.

(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server.
 text messages, check e-mail and exchange instant messages, all while searching the Web and listening to AOL(R) Radio," said Chamath Palihapitiya, vice president and general manager, AIM and ICQ ("I Seek You") A conferencing program for the Internet from Mirabilis, Tel Aviv, Israel ( It provides interactive chat, e-mail and file transfer and can alert you when someone on your predefined list has also come online. , America Online, Inc. "That's why we have updated and AIM Today to give users more convenient access to our suite of integrated communications tools as well as our continually updated content and rich entertainment services."

The company has also begun rolling out a system-wide upgrade of the AIM 5.9 service that will introduce the new AIM Today and deliver the AOL(R) Explorer browser as an optional feature for AIM users. The tabbed AOL Explorer AOL Explorer, previously known as AOL Browser is a graphical web browser based on the Microsoft Trident layout engine and was released by AOL. In July 2005, AOL launched AOL Explorer as a free download and as an optional download with AIM version 5.9.  browser is the ideal platform for the delivery of AIM Today and offers an enhanced Web browsing experience that does not affect users' default browser settings. It also offers integration with the AIM Mail and AOL(R) Mail services for convenient access to e-mail messages.

"The AIM service has become the front door to more than 43 million Americans' social networks," said Bill Schreiner, vice president, Programming for America Online, Inc. "The new AIM Today is designed to help them integrate music, entertainment, games and social networking See social networking site.

social networking - social network
 features like AIM(R) Fight into that setting, and easily share them with friends, family members and colleagues."

Features of the new home page include:

--One-click access to America's most popular instant messaging service and its complete suite of communications offerings. This includes the Windows(R), Mac(R) and Linux versions of the AIM(R) service, including the latest beta software, codenamed Triton, as well as downloadable and WAP (1) (Wireless Access Point) See access point.

(2) (Wireless Application Protocol) A standard for providing cellular phones, pagers and other handheld devices with secure access to e-mail and text-based Web pages.
 2 versions of the Mobile AIM(R) service. It also includes the free, Web-based AIM Mail service, which lets AIM users use their AIM(R) Screen Name as an e-mail address and offers industry-leading spam and e-mail virus protection plus two gigabytes of storage.

--Fun user features like the new AIM(R) Blogs, which supports photo blogging; 40 interactive AIM(R) Games, and approximately 4,000 AIM(R) Expressions. These include AOL's popular animated 2-D and 3-D buddy icons, buddy sounds and buddy wallpapers, which help users personalize the instant messaging experience to be more expressive.

--A wide array of instant messaging robots ('bots') that allow users to interact, play and get essential information updates in real time. This season's hottest bots bots

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 stats, scores and updates, and the "MillionaireIM" bot (1) (roBOT) A program used on the Internet that performs a repetitive function such as posting a message to multiple newsgroups or searching for information or news. Bots are used to provide comparison shopping. Bots also keep a channel open on the Internet Relay Chat (IRC). , which lets users help stumped contestants as a part of the "Ask the Audience" lifeline on the syndicated "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" show from Buena Vista Television.

Features of the new AIM Today companion screen include:

--A dynamic, content-rich interface that is updated four times throughout the day according to daypart to present users with the most relevant news, programming and interactive features.

--Access to the full range of programming and interactive features, including pre-set and on-demand content from AOL News, AOL Music, AOL Television, AOL Radio, Moviefone and more.

--A unique LiveWeb(TM) feature that surfaces what's hot on the Web in real-time so that users always know what people are gravitating toward online and talking about across the blogosphere The total universe of blogs. See blog. .

--A full range of AOL Search services to help users find everything from local listings to the hottest videos, from trendy consumer electronics products to the best prices on travel services.

--One-click access to the AIM(R) Music Interview of the Week, a casual AIM(R) chat appearing regularly on AOL Music ( that generates fun and spontaneous responses and allows featured artists to talk about what's on their mind.

--Access to AIM Fight (, which lets AOL(R) members and AIM(R) users see how connected they are to the online community at any given moment. By entering their AOL or AIM Screen Name, as well as that of a friend, users can square off against their buddies to see just how popular they really are, and compare Buddy List(R) rank.

--Coming Soon: A gallery of AIM(R) Profiles, including the option to search user profiles, rate others via the "Rate-A-Buddy" feature and submit photos for others to view.

New Sites Present New Opportunities for Marketers and Advertisers

The new and AIM Today present Marketers and Advertisers with targeted and 'day-parted' reach into AIM's dynamic user base, half of which is comprised of attractive yet hard to reach teen and young adult audiences. To learn more about advertising on the AIM service, visit or call 1-888-265-2131.

About the AOL Instant Messenger See AIM.  Service

The AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service ( is at the center of one of the largest and most active communities online, and is available for use on computers, mobile phones and other handheld devices. Supported by a network infrastructure that handles nearly two billion instant messages each day, the AIM service makes it possible for people from around the world to communicate with each other via text, audio or video in real time, and to engage in other shared activities, such as casual gaming, video instant messaging The inclusion of video in an instant messaging (IM) system, turning it into a two-way video conference. For example, in 2003, Apple introduced its iSight video camera for use with its iChat instant messaging. See instant messaging.  and picture-sharing.

About America Online, Inc.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.
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