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AOL Desktop

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.0 stars

    out of 109 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 59
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not the same pos it used to be."

    August 18, 2013  |   By thebamabumrush

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    It is 90% of the time faster than IE. You can use thunderbird or outlook to get your aol mail. You can set a childs account and homepage to be kid friendly. Some of their new features are quite useful. If you want a paid service they have plans from $5 and up per month. You can sync all your social networks in lifestream. All in all it's better now than it ever has been. I just thought I would see how crappy the product has become but I was surprised.

    Cons

    If any of you are like me when your trolling news articles you don't have a lot of time to correct your own spelling or grammar errors. The AOL desktop only checks spelling in mail not for what you post on the web. If you play any online games then open firefox because AOL just cannot keep up, although it's better at it than IE. AOL is not exactly security central so if you go to dubious websites then do that in another browser. Also I wish it did not depend on IE to run. It would be nice if diffrent users using the same computer could store their sign ins seperatly. If another user goes to Yahoo under their name and you were the last person to go to yahoo then it's your yahoo they open.

    Summary

    It's faster than previous versions with less hangups. The extras like lifestream actually work like they are supposed to in this version. For general web use it's great.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work"

    March 12, 2013  |   By hj2

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    No pros because I cannot get it to work

    Cons

    Installed multiple times and still does NOTHING when I click on the Destop 9.7 icon

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Aol is still a solid internet service"

    March 10, 2013  |   By brascogames

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    AOL 9.7 Nice graphics colors etc, unique email features. AIM . Best desktop on the market.Yuo can check how many new messages you got in 7 different emails at once all you need is one click,if you got a contract with them -> aol router.

    Cons

    You have to reinstall it every 8 months.

    Summary

    I have been with AOL since 2001. they are not anymore on top of the list, but the service is still consistent.
    First time installation READ carefully:
    1) save aol 9.7 on a disk
    2) install it from a disk disabling your antivirus.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Colorfull!"

    April 28, 2012  |   By magicboo2u

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    Fast and very micky mouse easy!

    Cons

    Cant seem to get pages to stay full page

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Takes over the computer, loads slowly, crashes..oops!"

    April 13, 2012  |   By rabiprieta

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    Been with AOL since the beginning and too much trouble to change provider at this point. Easy to use when working well in previous versions.

    Cons

    Takes up too many KB when loaded and doesn't play well with other programs.

    Summary

    Strongly considering switching providers after all the years of using it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Stay away from 9.7"

    January 1, 2012  |   By GivinUpAlready

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    so far its Pro free

    Cons

    seems to me im having trouble with my email, i went to look at the 2012 movie reviews on aol''s welcome (home) screen and the page came up (after waiting) longer than usual and it was all code. reloaded and got some pictures and the rest, yep, all code..

    Summary

    not much to say, maybe the released it to early, still got some buggies to work out..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love AOL's Desktop format."

    January 1, 2012  |   By tips2u2

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    Very easy to understand.

    Cons

    It could be a bit easier to navigate thru the help content

    Summary

    I highly recommend this version

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Major Improvement !!"

    December 31, 2011  |  

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    Screen display much improved.

    Cons

    Help on Options still difficult to navigate.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't like the email"

    December 30, 2011  |   By dsteverson

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    Like the content.

    Cons

    The email reading area is far to small.

    Summary

    Would probably use it it the email on AOL was a more like Yahoo as far as the reading area being much larger...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I would not recommend 9.7."

    December 26, 2011  |   By rljarbeau

    Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

    Pros

    no pros for this.

    Cons

    It conflicts with my program. I'm uninstalling and putting back the 9.6. This one sucks.

    Summary

    Its slowing my computer down. I Do Not recommend.

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