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AOL Instant Messenger – Know Your AIM And Get Connected To Tour Friends

By Furqan Durvesh

The messaging service provided by AOL also known as AIM, is widely used by users to communicate with each other. OSCAR is the standard protocol used by AIM clients. This messaging service can be used on several operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, MAC OS X, iPhone OS and Linux

Archive and Released versions of AIM

The history of AOL goes back to September 1995 when “Buddy List” was introduced only for the internal users of AOL with the standalone version being available only in May 1996. The “Online Messaging” in its true sense was born after a decade referred as Quantum Link and was available to subscribers. The main features of the revised version of this instant messenger, Version 2 comprised of -

Instant chatting between two persons

* Messaging service for more than two people in a chat room

* Supplying to share files

Version 4 included several features like adding contacts which could be increased up to 200 in addition to games on Windows Operating System. Version 5 heralded entirely new characteristics with the availability of video conferencing. User acceptance and feedback in the real time was considered important and was first launched in the home page of AIM under preliminary versions of Triton. Triton was later recognized as the 6th version of AIM in September 2006. The final version was however release in December 2006 and came up with fabulous features. It could connect to the home page of AIM and provided its users with a provision to maintain an address book. It enabled the users to send messages to offline users as well. Gradually version 6.1 incorporated features like inserting images, ability to change the font and color of the user interface and an improved support on Windows Vistas. Communication on phone was integrated in the version of AIM.

Various online writing of AIM can be downloaded from its official website depending on its accepting on desktop, adjustable or a website. Downloads are attainable for Windows, MAC, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, AIM Express and Toolbar.

Pros and Limitations

While AIM provides its users with ultimate adeptness to babble with peers, forward messages, files and punch up on their phones, there are a few limitations as well. Various malware and spy-ware are accepted to drudge AIM due to its anemic aegis properties. Software and programs ambush users to accessible hotlink of communicable websites beneath the beard of a amusing networking bulletin and autumn the ip abode or forward virus to the system. It can could cause abeyant blackmail like installing virus on the arrangement and burglary the user credentials. It is accordingly important to advance an adapted and able-bodied anti virus on the arrangement application AIM in accession to a accurate bang on pop ups and alien letters from AIM.

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Durvesh, Furqan "AOL Instant Messenger – Know Your AIM And Get Connected To Tour Friends." AOL Instant Messenger – Know Your AIM And Get Connected To Tour Friends. 17 Aug. 2010. 1 Oct 2014 <>.

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