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AOL Will Discontinue AIM on December 15, 2017


AOL will be shutting down AIM after 20 years of existence, on December 15, 2017, the company announced today.

The company said users will be able to use the service until the cut-off date and they will be able to download and install copies of the application until a few days before its end-of-life date.

AOL IDs, emails not affect

AOL said it plans to discontinue the instant messenger's infrastructure only. AOL email addresses ( will continue to work as normal after December 15.

Data associated with AIM, such as files and past conversation logs, will also be deleted. AOL has advised users to save any files before the cut-off date.

The company left clues that it was planning to shut down AIM since earlier this year when it cut down access to AIM data to third-party apps.

AOL does not plan to offer a replacement instant messaging client for users.

End of an era after 20 years

The America Online Instant Messaging client, later rebranded as AIM, was the first major IM...(continued)

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