A screenshot of an AOL Mail inbox in January 2014.
Type of site
|Web application (E-mail, webmail)|
|Available in||54 languages|
AOL Mail has the following features available:
- Email attachment limit: 25 MB
- Max mailbox size: 1,000 new messages, 4,000 old messages and 4,000 sent messages per screen name. Max 250 GB if all messages have 25 MB attachments.
- Supported protocols: POP3, SMTP, IMAP
- Link to other email accounts from other service providers (such as Gmail and Hotmail).
- Ads: are displayed while working with the email account. Embedded links within emails are automatically disabled and can only be activated by the email user.
- Spam protection
- Virus protection
- Spell checking
- email unsend capability (for mails sent to another AOL or AIM mailbox)
- Domains: @aol.com and additionally @love.com, @ygm.com (short for you've got mail), @games.com, and @wow.com
- Supports SSL/HTTPS after login
If an AOL Mail account is inactive for 90 days, it may become deactivated, at which point any emails sent to it may not be delivered and may be returned to sender. After 180 days of inactivity, the account may be deleted.
In 1997, AOL launched NetMail, a web-based version of its e-mail service. It was initially criticized for only working on Internet Explorer, but a later Java-written version ensured compatibility with Netscape Navigator. The service was renamed AOL Mail on the Web in December 1999.
In January 2001, an e-mail alert service for text-based digital cellphones and pagers was launched.
In 2004, AOL tested a new free webmail service for the public, without the need of customers subscribing to AOL. This was done in an effort to compete better against MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail. The service launched in May 2005 under the name AIM Mail, with 2 gigabytes of mail storage and tightly integrated with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). It is based on technology from MailBlocks, which AOL acquired in 2004.
In November 2010, AOL released Project Phoenix, an email application program that features a Quick Bar where emails, text messages, and AOL Instant Messenger messages can be sent from one area. It also lets people add up to five accounts into it. In 2012, AOL released the Alto Mail software.
As of July 2012, there were 24 million AOL Mail users.
On March 16, 2017, Verizon, which had acquired AOL in 2015, announced that it would discontinue its in-house email services for internet subscribers, and migrate all customers to AOL Mail.
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