Remember when Aol was a major force on the Internet? Those days are long gone, but the company is still around and has shifted mostly to a content company. Today, Aol launched a major revamp of its once popular Aol mail online service, which has fallen well behind other services such as Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail over the years.
Aol's press release states that the new Aol Mail "provides users with a streamlined interface focused on freeing up inbox real estate, reducing overall clutter, and improving users' ability to send mail, SMS, and instant messages." In addition, Aol says that it has also freed up a number of email addresses. This was done so that new Aol Mail users "may no longer have to use an address that includes a random string of numbers at the end of their names."
Aol Mail now has 24 million users, according to the company. That number sounds like a lot but it pales in comparison to what has been reported for Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail. A few weeks ago, Google said that Gmail now has 425 million users but Comscore claims that Hotmail is still first with traffic with 325 million unique visitors. Yahoo's email service comes in second with 298 million users, and, at least according to Comscore, Gmail is still in third place with 289 million users.
Source: Aol press release | Image via Aol