Thursday, July 20


AIM ProAfter a month of testing, AOL has released AIM Pro!

This free corporate IM service integrates with Microsoft Outlook as well as the WebX meeting service, so you can collaborate with business buddies while having your calendar and multiple contacts on hand. AIM Pro also includes video and voice chatting as well as tools for IT administrators. You can download it at

I like the simple installation and straightforward interface, which lacks ads. Once I signed into AIM Pro with my AOL identity, the app's Calendar tab immediately integrated my Outlook calendar without demanding any extra steps. A book icon within the Quick Contacts area at the bottom of AIM Pro allowed me to immediately add names of people I had within Outlook.

AOL says that AIM Pro reaches 80 million users. AIM alone enjoys 47 million users, according to NetRatings. That's several million more than the combined user bases of both Yahoo Messenger with Voice and Windows Live Messenger, which just began allowing users to chat with each other and that is a great thing for them.

AOL has been making other IM updates lately. It recently enabled AIM Triton users to get a free phone number through AIM Phoneline service, which charges $14.95 monthly to let you make outbound calls to landline and mobile phones around the world. I have yet, to get my number from AOL... By comparison, Yahoo Messenger charges $2.99 monthly if you want to get a phone number, which Windows Live messenger does not provide.

I am going to continue to use Trillian which is a program that integrates all IM services into one. I just wanted to test out AOL's new software.

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