Posted by: macintoshsisters | September 27, 2007

AOL releases its first Mac OS X software in five years

AOL releases its first Mac OS X software in five years
By David Chartier

We know, it’s been a while since the words “AOL” and “software” have graced the pages of any Apple news site, but do not adjust your display. Signaling a major step in its efforts to reinvent out of its tarnished ISP reputation, AOL has released a public beta of AOL Desktop, its first new application for Mac OS X in more than five years.

Offering a dashboard for e-mail, IM and web browsing, AOL Desktop more or less is a modernized version of their old-school, all-encompassing software. Many aspects of the software do indeed seem to have joined the 21st century party: the e-mail application can send and receive from multiple accounts, including .Mac and Gmail, and the browser does tabs. The suite feels really snappy on a MacBook Pro, fulfilling its promise of quick startup times and overall speed. With all this good stuff going for it, however, AOL Desktop is still haunted by some ghosts from the past.

FULL article at Arstechnia

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