Aol Mail Sign in : AOL Inc. (previously known as America Online) is an American multinational mass media corporation based in New York City that develops, grows, and invests in brands and web sites. AOL Mail is a free web-based email (webmail) service provided by AOL. The service is sometimes referred to as AIM Mail where AIM stands for AOL Instant Messenger which is AOL’s instant messaging service.
AOL is one of the only other pre-dotcom veterans, alongside Yahoo, to keep chugging along despite being left in the dust by younger tech juggernauts like Google and Facebook. Here’s a quick timeline of AOL’s fascinating history:
1983: AOL begins life as Control Video Corporation, which was founded by Bill von Meister and had one product: GameLine, a service that hooked your Atari 2600 to your phone line to rent games for $1.
Control Video Corporation went bust in a year, and was reborn as Quantum Computer Services to further develop its phone-data tech. Steve Case, later to become the CEO of AOL, is part of the 10% of employees who survived the rebirth. Case quickly rises through the ranks.
1985: Quantum Computer Services can’t let go of over-the-phone gaming, and it launches dedicated a online gaming service called “Q-Link” for the Commodore 64 and 128 game consoles. Three years later, Quantum Computer Services launches PC-Link and partners with Apple to launch AppleLink, both pre- Internet online services.
1989: Quantum Computer Services and Apple end their partnership. Quantum Computer Services renames itself America Online. Two years later, America Online for DOS is released, and a year after that, America Online for Windows.
1996: America Online leaves behind its pay-per-hour system for a flat $19.95 monthly fee for dial-up Internet. The modern Internet era begins. Millions of America Online trial CDs are repurposed as frisbees.
November 1998: America Online announces its purchase of Netscape, makers of the dominant browser of the era, Netscape Navigator.
2001: America Online and Time Warner merge. Things go sour almost from the get-go: company cultures don’t mix, broadband Internet eats up America Online’s customers, and the dotcom bubble annihilates the company’s stock worth from $226 billion to $20 billion. Thus begins the fall of America Online. A year later, CEO Steve Case is replaced by Jonathan Miller.
2006: America Online ditches its full name to just be known as AOL, which the world had been calling it for over a decade anyway. Business is still struggling. A year later, AOL moves its corporate headquarters from Virginia to New York City, liquidating 40% of its workforce (2,000 people) in the process. CEO Jonathan Miller is replaced by Randy Falco. Many awkward acquisitions follow, like social networking site Bebo for $850 million (which Bebo’s founder bought back from AOL in 2013, for just $1 million).
March 2009: AOL hires former Googler Tim Armstrong as chairman and CEO. Two months later, Time Warner spins AOL back off as its own company. AOL goes on a shopping spree, buying Patch Media’s network of hyperlocal news cells (which Armstrong cofounded) and, in September 2010, buying technology reporting site TechCrunch and profile portal site About.Me.
February 2011: AOL buys The Huffington Post, and its founder Arianna Huffington becomes AOL content chief. Two months later, AOL cuts 900 employees as a result of the deal.
February 2013: AOL reports its first quarterly revenue growth in eight years. As The Wall Street Journal notes, this was due to AOL’s online advertisement revenue increasing above the rate of falling Internet subscriptions. Six months later, AOL buys video ad company Adapt.tv for $405 million. The strategy shift to online ads proves very successful—enough to knock Google out of first place at video ads eight months later.
January 2014: AOL sells Patch. Mass Patch layoffs ensue, and they are awkward. The hyperlocal media era officially dies.
February 2015: AOL kills venerable tech reporting site The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Tech veterans shed tears that Internet babies still suckling on smartphones don’t understand.
May 2015: Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion in cash. According to anonymous sources speaking to Re/code, AOL has also been in talks to spin off The Huffington Post. Features
The most attractive portion of the new AOL Mail is the fact that it has unlimited storage capacity. Furthermore, AOL offers image blocking, download restrictions, your choice of HTML or plain text composer, IMAP access and plenty of extras.
AOL’s spam filter center is simple; you choose Off, Low, Medium and High. AOL recommends keeping your filter on Medium. On this setting, all our emails are routed to the appropriate places in the service. If spam does slip through, it’s an easy fix. Additionally, with AOL’s Security Suite download, you get virus protection in your emails and on your computer, along with phishing protection, parental controls, AOL’s firewall, pop-up controls and spyware protection.
With AOL email, you have the ability to drag and drop each message into its appropriate, customized folder. Furthermore, the service allows you to customize filters to reject emails from unknown domains, those with clickable hyperlinks and those that contain pictures and certain words or phrases. Unfortunately, with the way that AOL’s security features are set up, there is no way to sort your incoming email to route them into specific folders automatically.
One feature that is particularly good is MyAddress. AOL allows you to choose your own domain name. Your email no longer has to be [email protected] If you own a domain, you can route your AOL mail through that domain, so your free email address has the potential to [email protected] Additionally, you can invite up to 100 friends to be a part of your domain. No other free email service we reviewed allows you this degree of email address personalization.
AOL Mail includes a calendar that can track events by year, month, day and so on. Additionally, you can record your tasks and place notes in the calendar feature. AIM is AOL’s instant messenger, which is included with the free email service.
Steps to Create a new AOL Mail Account :
Visit the AOL Mail “Sign In” Web page.
Select the “Sign up for a FREE account” link.
Type in your name, username and any other required information on the “Let’s create your account” form, and then select the “Sign Up” button. An alternate email address is needed for AOL’s confirmation process.
Log in to your alternate email account and open the confirmation message from AOL.
Select the “Yes, I made this request” link in the message body to return you to AOL’s website.
Type in your password, select the “Sign In” button to verify and activate your account, and then click the “OK” button.