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America Online (AOL)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked perfectly for me"

    February 23, 2014  |   By Leonard2552

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "After reading these reviews I am staying put."

    February 12, 2014  |   By mickmarine

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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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  • 2.0 stars

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

    December 2, 2013  |   By ajakez

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Extremely frustrating"

    November 9, 2013  |   By Skylab2013

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "TYPICAL AOL, THEY SCREWED IT UP"

    October 20, 2013  |   By LLeeJohn

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not the same pos it used to be."

    August 18, 2013  |   By thebamabumrush

    Version: America Online (AOL) 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: America Online (AOL) 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: America Online (AOL) 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: America Online (AOL) 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: America Online (AOL) 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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