Technology AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 15th

15:51  07 october  2017
15:51  07 october  2017 Source:   Engadget

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AOL Instant Messenger ( AIM ) is officially shutting down on December 15 th , Oath announced this morning. AIM started out as the built-in chat application in America Online's desktop client, but it really took off after it was broken out as a separate application in 1997.

If you’re an internet user of a certain age (or era, at least), there’s a good chance AOL Instant Messenger was your first real-time chat application. Now AIM is walking off into the sunset. AOL has announced that it’s shutting down AIM on December 15 th .

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It's the end of an era. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is officially shutting down on December 15th, Oath announced this morning. AIM started out as the built-in chat application in America Online's desktop client, but it really took off after it was broken out as a separate application in 1997. The app, and it's iconic messaging sound, were staples for anyone who spent too much time on the web in the 90's and early 00's. Really though, the writing was on the wall for AIM since AOL laid off most of the division in 2012. AIM also started cutting off third-party access earlier this year, which was a big sign the service was on its way out.

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One of the pioneers of the instant messaging apps, AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 15 th 2017. The news comes 20 years after the launch of AIM , which became a wildly popular feature of AOL , the largest internet provider at the time.

Oath -- the new Verizon company that includes AOL , Yahoo, and yes, Engadget -- isn't saying what, exactly, will be replacing AIM . For now, though, Yahoo Messenger seems like the best possibility. " AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift

Oath – the new Verizon company that includes AOL, Yahoo, and yes, Engadget – isn't saying what, exactly, will be replacing AIM. For now, though, Yahoo Messenger seems like the best possibility.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," said Oath VP of communications Michael Albers. "We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world."

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