AOL is one of the oldest instant messaging programs. AOL Desktop is designed to enable access to emailing, IM conversations as well as web browsing from a similar interface. It is not unique as there has been a similar type before (old AOL Suite). AOL Desktop features more benefits as compared to old suite. They include; integration of immediate messaging client, a web browser together with an email component.
As compared to IM and mail features which necessitate verification, with AOL credentials, the browser operates solely therefore enabling users to use it as a regular navigator in case of absence of an AOL account. The browser facilitates access to weather, news, TV, finance, sports among others through links. Additionally, the download manager enables users to keep watch of download progress while parental control allows parents to limit the kind of content their kids watch.
Your inbox has utilities that otherwise enables users to read, write, block emails and keeping tabs on their address book. As if that is not enough, an instant messenger enables you to send and receive real time messages having a wide collection of emoticons to add spice to your chats.
However, the browser is overloaded with unnecessary links that have ceased to work making the general experience uncomfortable.
AOL Desktop is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. It is in browsers category and is available to all software users as a free download.