AOL is an American company that began working in the year 1983. They started as Control Video Corporation (or CVC) and are now a web portal and service provider based in New York City. AOL was one of the first companies that provided an online portal, instant messaging and email services in the early 1990’s.
Emails and messaging services have been an important part of our lives, be it personal or professional, since a long time and AOL being one of the first companies to start with these services have always been marvellous in providing its customers the best services.
Although in the early 2000’s there was decline in its consumers because the AOL app was paid, and the customers had to subscribe a membership by paying a certain amount of fee making them inclined towards the free upcoming apps such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Hotmail. After this AOL came up with free apps and services such as:
• AIM (AOL Instant messenger)
• AOL Video featured professional content and allowed users to upload videos as well.
• AOL Local, comprising its City Guide Yellow pages and Local Search services to help users find local information like restaurants, local events, and directory listings.
• AOL News.
• AOL My Electronic Address, a custom domain name for email addresses. These email accounts could be accessed in a manner like other AOL and AIM email accounts.
• Xdrive, which was a service offered by AOL, allowed users to back up their files over the Internet. It was acquired by AOL on August 4, 2005 and closed on December 31, 2008. It offered a free 5 GB account (free Online file storage) to anyone with an AOL screen name. Xdrive also provided remote backup services and 50 GB of storage for a $9.95 per month fee.