Summary Box: AOL revamps AIM to keep users

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A NEW AIM: AOL is giving its AIM instant-messaging software an update. New features include the ability to view Web-based photos and videos within a chat window. AIM’s iconic “Buddy List” has given way to a list of friends ordered by how recently you’ve chatted with them.

WHAT’S BEHIND THIS: AOL is hoping to staunch an ongoing exodus of users who have turned to texting and other online messaging services such as Facebook’s and Google’s.

WHERE TO FIND IT: AOL is making a preview version available at http://preview.aim.com.