AOL Unveils Stand-Alone Apps


America Online has launched AOL Communicator, the stand-alone messaging suite. It includes an e-mail client, an address book, a souped-up version of AOL Instant Messenger, and the Radio@AOL streaming audio service.

The InfoGate acquisition seems to have been integrated into Communicator, with AOL Screensaver that displays personalized news and weather content.

AOL Communicator arrives less than two weeks after AOL unveiled AOL 9.0 Optimized, a new version of its client software. It also comes as rival Microsoft readies an update to its competing MSN 8 Internet service and software.


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