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AOL To Lauch New Version of Software

Reuters News Wire (
Wed, 04 Oct 2006 12:53:35 -0500

AOL on Wednesday plans to launch a new version of its software that
lets users access their e-mail, instant messaging, search and media on
the same screen.

The new software, dubbed AOL OpenRide, comes after it announced plans
this summer to offer most of its services for free in an effort to
boost online advertising sales.

It also stopped marketing its Internet dial-up access service, but
continues to maintain and charge for it.

OpenRide, which lets users check e-mail from rivals such as Google
Inc. and Yahoo Inc. reflects a new approach to courting users.

Although it has made most of its services free, AOL now also aims to
have users rely on its software for other functions, such as viewing
photos or listening to a music collection stored on the PC using the

The software screen is divided into four parts that change size
depending on what the user is viewing. Elements of one window, an
e-mail message for example, can be dragged and dropped into another
window, such as the contact name on a buddy list.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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