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"Unstable under Win 8.1"
Version: AOL Desktop 9.7
Familiar user interface. Have had an AOL account since ver 2 (25 yrs or so). This current interface has not undergone any significant changes in presentation so users will find it easy to navigate. Self-recovers from app failures (frequent). Can archive e-mail locally for preservation.
I am running a Vaio Core i7 using Windows 8.1. I have been using this AOL 9.7 desktop for a few weeks now because it offers an email preservation exported to a local file BUT I have also had constant problems with slow response (I suspect due to all the ad crap they shove at you now) AND more importantly - the app will lock up frequently and restart itself with an AOL popup. The "Details" are not too revealing. It is unstable BUT is self-recovering.
Really do not see much in AOL 9.7 to get excited about and the instability under Win 8 has forced me to use a brwoser and go direct to AOL Mail rather than use the desktop for anything but saving a local archive. Pretty pathetic with all the hoopla they tout on rollout. If they focused on the user like the days under Steve Case then they could regain their stature of old. AOL is just another mediocre provider these days. Sad and pathetic
"Worked perfectly for me"
Version: AOL Desktop 9.7
The new browser aspect was welcomed and allowed me to communicate fully.
None that I experienced
I am on dial up and have used version 9.0 VR. The download and installation did take awile to complete. The features all worked well and I am so pleased. Just follow the instructions exactly and you will have no problems.
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