America Online (AOL)

America Online (AOL)

Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 112 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0
  • Total Downloads:
    456,500
  • Date Added:
    October 18, 2001
  • File Size:
    208.08KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,146
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP

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1 stars

"Bye Bye AOL"

October 21, 2014  |  By jersey101

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

None at all.

Cons

An internet Model T

Summary

9.7 is a disaster. I have not been able to get an explanation from AOL about the constant freezing (not responding) or the inability to easily open AOL mail. They had no solution but when asked they gave me a link to reinstall 9.6. ---- True to form the link did not work !!!!!!

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1 stars

"simply pathetic..AOL should be sued"

August 03, 2014  |  By ali20142323424

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

NONE WHAT SO EVER

Cons

AOL desktop is the worst app ever...it will slow down your computer...I have one of the fastest machines out there but AOL really takes up all its resources and slows down my machine like anything...and the worst thing is that AOL keeps crashing and then restarts on its own...its a memory hog app....it will eventually kill your computer by taking up all its resources....STAY AWAY FROM AOL...ITS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE 10 YEARS AGO.....GOODBYE AOL

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1 stars

"Unstable under Win 8.1"

June 18, 2014  |  By richardschurman

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Summary

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

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5 stars

"Worked perfectly for me"

February 23, 2014  |  By Leonard2552

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

The new browser aspect was welcomed and allowed me to communicate fully.

Cons

None that I experienced

Summary

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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2 stars

"After reading these reviews I am staying put."

February 12, 2014  |  By mickmarine

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Cannot detect any.

Cons

Last thing I need at my age is more technical quirks with no one to help. So why does AOL remain in the lost leader category. There must by a tax dodge buried in there somewhere, offsetting income somewhere else. We all know that losses are good for the IRS game.

Summary

Ok, so I am a 66 year old disabled veteran of the Marine Corps. Been with AOL since it launched, as are a ton of veterans. Big joke at Loma Linda VA here...."you can tell the old guys cuz they all have AOL!" A question to you mavens out there. How do I move my huge files over to another email provider. I have Google and Yahoo. but it would take a Century to move my favorites and folders. Any way to do it in mass? Mike 760-407-9914

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2 stars

"Won't help beginners; won't impress advanced users"

December 02, 2013  |  By ajakez

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

Still very good IM client module

Cons

Gets in the way of modern, efficient, internet browsing

Summary

I have been trying this 'AOL Desktop 9.7' since it came out, and what I notice is that with today's fast,stream-lined internet browsing experience (Chrome, Firefox, and even IE) you don't need something that takes you back to bygone browsing days.This offering tries to offer a lot of things that don't have anything to do with web browsing in a huge, ugly,gaudy, ad-driven package.

In the old AOL days, this used to be focused towards e-mail and i-messaging, but now it has more focus on browsing, emailing, and instant messaging. I find this so called desktop to be cartoonish, gimmicky,slow and it sort of traps you in an old way of doing something that you can do much better today. Things have moved forward in turns of design, speed, and efficiency today.

If I am not mistaken, AOL is a division of TIMEWARNER CABLE.
One of the things that you will notice if you have timewarner internet service is how uninterested they are in e-mail,and browsing security. I would suspect the same with this AOL package.
Even all the borrowed tech used in the package (chromium tech, etc.) don't help at all because of the final results. It is slow locks up to often, navigation is horrible, and disconnects you if you are off it for a few minutes,etc...

This is basically addressed to people that were never able to give up the old cartoonish AOL offering.

The internet has moved foward...

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1 stars

"Extremely frustrating"

November 09, 2013  |  By Skylab2013

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

The beginning of changing to another email service that doesn't have so many technical issues.

Cons

I will loose the momentum of the people I stay in contact with via AOL. AOL has forced ads before reading news bits...As a result, no longer view their news or ad feeds. Unless you're a paid member, will not offer technical help.

Summary

Attempted to add the 9.7 desktop to my Win8 laptop and after 3 attempts does not have connectivity. In my Win 7 machine causes issues with my brouser. My technician reccommends I remove AOL all together as a result. This encounter is forcing me to initiate another email service, change my business cards, notifying friends, contacting business contacts, hoping that past contacts will still be able to find me.

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1 stars

"TYPICAL AOL, THEY SCREWED IT UP"

October 20, 2013  |  By LLeeJohn

 |  Version: AOL Desktop 9.7

Pros

I honestly can not think of any.

Cons

They have made significant changes to the original 9.7 Desktop yet maintained the same name, "9.7."
Their "help illustrations" do not match actual setting windows shown in the program, so are totally useless. The "disable browser tabs" is a great example plus apparently there is no way of disabling them in 9.7.
Since re-downloading the program, I have had more errors in the past month then since I first subscribed to AOL.
At present my download results are so poor I would not recommend it to my mother-in-law if she was still alive.

Summary

I subscribed to AOL within the first six months it was available in our area. That was at a time AOL distributed a CD offering 20 free hours to computer stores, book stores, etc., all connections were through the phone modem and they were so oversubscribed it may take you till tomorrow to get online. When you complained they would deduct a day from your monthly bill.
AOL has tried to keep up with the Jones improvements but have fallen behind the competition. Even with that in mind, I feel they still offer a great product, when and if it works.
AOL has been plagued with the same problem since they started; they're always trying to fix something that's not broke and in the process break it. Instead of trying to add this or modify that, it seems to me their concentration should be directed at making what they have available work.

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4 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0
  • Easier to Use Layout
  • Enhanced Communication Features
  • New Shopping Assistant and Other Dynamic Features Give AOL Members New Level of Convenience to Help Manage Daily Lives.
  • General
    Publisher AOL
    Publisher web site http://www.aol.com/
    Release Date October 18, 2001
    Date Added October 18, 2001
    Version 7.0
    Category
    Category Networking Software
    Subcategory Network Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements
  • Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
  • Download Information
    File Size 208.08KB
    File Name AOL_Desktop_9.7.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 456,500
    Downloads Last Week 1,146
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    Price Free

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