February 27, 2017, AOL sent notice that they'll terminate support for
AIM 7.5.14.x on March 28, 2017, and they actually did 31 days
later. They sent hidden download link for 188.8.131.52 to affected users, to remain in-service.
13 days later,
at 8:45pm on April 10,
they announced that effective immediately,
all 7.x versions will be disabled.
Only 8.x (entirely different platform)
They even momentarily disabled their own current version of official Android
app. That appears to be unintended technical glitch, as Android app
connection was permitted again within 12 hours. They have previously
already disabled 3rd-party AIM clients, such as: IM+, Adium, etc. It is apparent that
AOL shutdown their OSCAR Server, and protocol.
- The era of adapting free consumer IM service as economical alternative corporate messaging server in tech support and collaboration has ended,
after 19 years.
- Bravo will not adopt AIM 8.x. I personally have AIM 8 installed only in virtual machines for experiments and evaluation.
- I have no plan to use it in-house on production workstations:
support status from PSL0 (highest) to PSL3:
Client sites opting to adopt
8.x will continue to receive support.
- On-going efforts to evaluate self-hosted platforms will accelerate. Announcement shortly.
- In the interim, I'm using AOL's web
client, formerly known as AIM Express.
- Clients are encouraged to use web client as temporary solution, without installing anything. Just login
to your AIM account at: http://aim.com
AIM web client
has additional shortcomings, on top of AIM 8.x
- limited features, compared to installed application
- no control of AIM sounds
- no co-browsing (by pasting URL), it's now forbidden
- file transfer glitchy & complex, slow if it works
- no direct picture
- Ctrl-A,C select all & copy conversation doesn't work
- minor issues related to using web browser
- "remember password" is done via web browser
- poor layout control of app windows & panes
- can accidentally close web page
- refresh glitch, e.g. constant blinking if buddies have animated buddy icon
- no auto-launch upon login to Windows
- AOL also just shutdown their ad-free AIM Pro
service, a paid subscription for business users.
- AOL's remaining
as relevant concern in online services has been called into
question recently. They have transformed into a digital media company
(content publishing): Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch, MapQuest
- Related development:
- In 2008, Yahoo rejected Microsoft's final bid of $54 billion
- Verizon (owns AOL subsidiary) just bought (approval pending) Yahoo for $4.3
billion (2017 dollars). That was further reduced by $350
million, after the previously undisclosed massive breach was
- Verizon will combine AOL + Yahoo, calling it Oath (Verizon's other brands to be added under this umbrella). They will likely drop/deemphasize
the legacy AIM & Yahoo Messenger
platforms in the near future, and concentrate on the AOL ad-servers.
Major takedowns and consolidations are virtually certain after such