AOL revamps AIM in hopes of stanching user exodus

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? AOL is giving its AIM instant-messaging software a new look and new features in hopes of stanching an ongoing exodus of users who have turned to texting and other online messaging services.

AOL made a preview version of its software available Wednesday.

Among its features is the ability to view Web-based photos and videos within a chat window. AIM will also now syncs all the messages you send and receive across various devices you use to access the service. And the company’s iconic “Buddy List” has given way to a list of AIM friends ordered by how recently you’ve chatted with them.

In an interview, Jason Shellen, AOL’s head of AIM products, said the new software is “less instant, more message.”