Hello All! Firstly in this months blog, AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years, with its official end date of December 15th.
“We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997,” AOL wrote on the AIM help page. We will miss the pioneer of the internet chatting day and age.
We, at Nerds in a Flash, like most of you, used AOL Instant Messenger (also known as AIM) for many years. However, the invention of the cell phone that can text message ended AIM. As a matter of fact, we have been asking around, most of us can’t remember the last time an AIM message was even sent by us. Likely, you are the same, or they wouldn’t be shutting it down. 🙁
Next in this months blog, AOL Gold. We have had a large amount of call volume on this as of late. AOL is making so major changes on their end in an attempt to revitalize. AOL has recently begun informing paid users that their current AOL Desktop software will stop working, as they did for free users in mid-April 2017. To continue with AOL software, you will need to pay $3.99 a month and upgrade to a new, improved, self proclaimed more secure version of AOL called AOL Desktop Gold. The most common question being asked is “do I have to?”. The answer is no, you do not have to. However, when AOL pulls the plug on the current AOL Desktop software you will no longer be able to login anywhere but from a browser on AOL.com. Which will be a lot less convenient then using the AOL software itself, which is why most people that still use AOL are in fact still using AOL. The second most common question we are getting asked is, “If I do not upgrade to AOL Gold will I lose my email?”. That is a trick question. AOL for a long period of time allowed you to save emails to your computer directly through a method and file called a PFC or a Personal Filing Cabinet. If you do not upgrade to AOL Gold and you are using a PFC, then when you can no longer login to the AOL Desktop software you will no longer be able to see said email. However, if you did not ever use that option, then you will not lose any email at all. I know it can be confusing, and if you are in question then you might want to consider calling us out to verify which scenario you are in and help you make the transition as smoothly as possible.
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