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AOL reboots email with Project Phoenix

If you read the title above and instantly felt excited, chances are you still use AOL mail. If so, you'd probably be the first to admit to AOL's lack of competitive features. AOL's latest endeavour into revamping their once-upon-a-time, most popular email service, aims to change all that.

As pointed out by CNet, Project Phoenix, which is currently accessible to a limited beta group, is AOL's attempt to re-establish itself as a desirable webmail provider. In a recent years, AOL's online mail service has fallen from supremacy. Back when the Internet first became available for public consumption, AOL was at the front of it all. Virtually everyone that accessed the Internet used AOL in some form or another.

With AOL's email revamping comes the following nifty little features:

  1. Use other domain names, such as ygm.com (you've got mail), love.com, wow.com, and games.com
  2. A "Quick Bar" which allows you to send short emails, IMs, SMS messages, and status updates
  3. A side bar that shows preview of email content
  4. A tabbed interface (similar to what Yahoo! Mail provides)
  5. The ability to add email boxes from other email providers (future support for Facebook and other non-email inboxes)

To see AOL's Project Phoenix in action, check out the video below. If you want to try and beta test it, visit phoenix.aol.com and click on "please add me to the invite list."

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