AOL’s Instant Messenger is going away after 20 years of existence
AOL will shut down its Instant Messenger on December 15. This service was launched 20 years ago in 1997 and gave users a way to connect online in the late 90s and early 2000s. With the time, it faced competition and failed to retain its users. Now AOL is giving up.
AIM still has so many loyal users who do not want to stop using it. AOL was first and most successful instant messengers that couldn’t retain its position. Apple stopped supporting it three years ago. This decision forced many Apple users to stop using AIM. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Google Hangouts like chat services became the primary messaging services for users.
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AOL also cuts off access to AIM from third-party chat clients back in March. It was the first hint when we realized that AOL is thinking to go away with it. Now the company is pulling off the support for its MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android apps.
AIM had the opportunity but it failed to evolve with the time. It remains the same over the year and then it failed to compete with other instant messaging services.
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