We understand there are so many faithful fans who have used AIM for decades, and we enjoyed working and building the first chat app of its species since 1997,” AOL composed on the AIM help page. “Our center will forever be on creating the kind of innovative projects consumers want. We’re more excited than ever to focus on producing the next period of iconic brands and life-changing products.Daniel Sinclair tipped the shut-down to us, which follows the cut-off of third-party apps back in March. Now AIM’s official MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android apps are being pulled off life support.
Daniel Sinclair shifted the shut-down to us, which supports the cut-off of third-party apps back in March. Now AIM’s official MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android apps are happening torn off life support.
“From establishing the perfect away information to that simple ring of an incoming chat, AIM will constantly have a distinctive place in our hearts,” AOL communicated to users in an email. People can download images they sent till December 15th, but the app’s download links will start leaving now. Unfortunately, there’s no way to save or port your friend list.
Initially, the chat background built into AOL desktop, AIM started as a standalone app in 1997. Its iconic Away Messages were the precursor to the modern tweet and status update. It battled for command with competitors like ICQ, and messengers from Yahoo and Microsoft MSN. But eventually, text messaging, Google’s GChat and Facebook took over, while AIM nevermore fully figured out the shift to mobile. That led to AOL’s fall from grace, going from meaning valued at $224 billion in today’s money to just $4.4 billion when it was sold to Verizon in 2015. For setting the business AOL let slip away, WhatsApp sold that same year to Facebook for extra than $19 billion.
Back in March, a former AOL employee told News that he figured AIM usage had sunk to single-digit millions of users, and the cost of AOL keeping the OSCAR messaging contract running became too high to justify.
Regardless of Disclosure News being held by AOL, this moment is bittersweet for me. AIM motivated me to write as 12-year old trying to operate the world of grade-school friendship and romance. I was a shy kid who’d botch for words in person.
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