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#1 Mike Allen

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:36

Introducing AIM Preview

Why did the experience change from the AIM I knew before?
The old AIM is like a champion race car: it's received updates and new parts over the years. Sure it ran alright, but it was still in need of an overhaul after many pit stops. The new AIM is like a brand new supercar that has some of the old features and a whole lot more integrated into one sleek ride.

What is message storage?
The new AIM products now store and sync your message history so you won't miss a thing. For now, we will keep track of your messages for two months. We're continually working to save your conversations for you even longer.

What is "off the record" and how does it work?

When you take a conversation off the record, AIM does not store it for you or for the person with whom you're having a conversation. You can take a conversation off the record by clicking in the drop down menu at the top of any 1:1 conversation.

How long am I able to stay off the record?

Any conversation you take off the record will stay off the record for the duration of your conversation. If you sign on, then sign off, the conversation will still be off the record until you choose to take it back on the record.

Does my conversation partner know when I go off the record?
When you have a conversation with someone on the new AIM, they will receive a notification when the chat goes off the record, as well as back on the record.

What happens if I use an older version of AIM sometimes?
Once you start using one of our new AIM products, we will keep the message history of conversations you have on older AIM clients.

Read more at: preview.aim.com/.faq

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Download for Windows (XP+), Mac, iPhone and Andriod here: http://preview.aim.com/.download



#2 Holey

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:38

Looks like an iPad/Tablet app lol

#3 vetneufuse

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:40

eh AIM seemed to of died off when facebook chat and facebook chat integration came out...

#4 Kondrath

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:45

Aim died for my friends and I back in like 05 or 06 when Myspace was huge. And now we have facebook, so there's no need for AIM.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:46

eh AIM seemed to of died off when facebook chat and facebook chat integration came out...


I don't know a single person that uses FB over AIM or MSN or Yahoo. So I don't get why people keep saying this.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:47

Nice!!

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 23:48

With the old AIM (AIM 7.5) you could chat with facebook friends with the program. But you can't with this new thing. I don't like it saving my chat history on a server, like Yahoo!. Even images I sent it uploads to AOL's servers. Yet it doesn't give you an option to view the chat history.

Also it's using 96MB of RAM with one IM open. AIM 7.5 uses 15-20MB.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 00:30

I thought IM clients died when FB got big. Guess I need to move the rock more often.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:53

I thought IM clients died when FB got big. Guess I need to move the rock more often.


I know nobody that stopped using MSN (Or WLM) to use Facebook Chat.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:57

I wouldn't use facebook chat. They record every word you say to build an even bigger database of your personal life and send you more ads. /tinfoilhat

#11 ViperAFK

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:59

I thought IM clients died when FB got big. Guess I need to move the rock more often.


I use trillian, which connects to my aim, msn, and facebook accounts. My contacts user various networks. IM is not dead, and "facebook chat" = im anyway...

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:04

Seems so far no one is interested in this. They should just make a dedicated Facebook client so we can replace all these other programs.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:16

Seems so far no one is interested in this. They should just make a dedicated Facebook client so we can replace all these other programs.


God no! What a horrible idea!

Facebook already has too much junk. One of the things that's killed Facebook for me is no longer having the ability to be "offline" permanently. I prefer being able to contact people when I have time to have a proper conversation. It seems every time I go "offline" in Facebook chat, then check Facebook on my phone, it automatically logs me back in... thanks Facebook. I wish they'd do away with that stupid "Facebook Chat" and go back to being a proper social network site instead of a games/apps/adverts/malware/chat site for underage abusive whingers...

While I never used AIM, I did use ICQ, mIRC (still do occasionally), and MSN. It's good to see even though it might not be the preferred option, they still haven't forgotten about those of us that like privacy, and like being able to chat when we want.

#14 Kreuger

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:11

Always liked AIM for it's minimal look. I guess this is the best they can do to keep it minmial while still modernize it. However, I'll continue to use Pidgin for IM needs that aren't MSN related.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:48

Ive just login to this new aim express site and: We want to show you what's new. But first, make sure we've got your details: First/Last name.

I hate this trend.

Seems that refreshing helps.