March 2, 2005 10:05 AM PST

AOL readies new Web mail

America Online on Wednesday said it plans to launch its redesigned Web-based e-mail service for subscribers later this week.

As first reported by CNET News.com, AOL last December began testing the redesign of "AOL Mail on the Web." The Time Warner subsidiary said it would first offer the service only to its members but then launch a separate free Web mail service to nonmembers later in 2005.

AOL Mail on the Web's new look will resemble the layout of Microsoft's Outlook, with messages organized in a column of folders on one side and message texts in the main body of the client. The service will launch with 100MB of storage, mirroring similar moves by competitors Yahoo, Microsoft's Hotmail and Google's Gmail.

AOL has been making steady moves to upgrade its mail service and other areas of its Web properties. In August, the company acquired antispam software vendor Mailblocks in an effort to boost its e-mail redesign.

AOL also has been refurbishing its AOL.com site by pushing more of its proprietary content onto the overall Web. The company has already updated the site for subscribers and will eventually launch a redesign for nonmembers.

Online news site BetaNews first reported the timing of AOL Mail on the Web's launch.

CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto contributed to this report.

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Not much chance...
.. of anything worthwhile. I abandoned AOL as an ISP long ago.
There was just no point in putting up with the lousy operation
and overload of unwanted garbage. Newbies and AOLers are
truly the bane olf the Internet, and now AOL is taking their junk
to a new high (or low).

Whatever, virtually any other ISP delivers better service, cleaner
opeations, and better email that anything AOL could offer. But I
guess that marketing will sell crap to most people. Right, Bill???
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