America Online, Inc. today announced the launch of AOL Communicator for Mac OS X, a stand-alone, advanced communications product for AOL members that brings together enhanced e-mail, instantmessaging and a full-featured address book into one integrated suite.
AOL Communicator for Mac OS X can consolidate e-mail from multiple AOL Screen Names and other standards-based e-mail accounts, such as POP and IMAP, into a single application and can be used alongside the AOL for Mac OS X, AOL for Broadband and the AOL services.
“For AOL for Mac OS X members looking for advanced communication features that still preserve AOL’s signature ease of use, AOL Communicator is the tool for them and we’re excited to now offer them this enhanced communications application,” David Gang, Executive Vice President of AOL Products. “With AOL Communicator’s robust e-mail, instant messaging and address book features, this powerful tool helps members manage their online communications, giving them greater flexibility and control.”
“We’re excited that AOL is bringing their latest integrated online suite, AOL Communicator, to Mac OS X customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Apple and AOL share a common desire to provide customers with powerful, yet easy to use, products that work together seamlessly and AOL Communicator is a great example of that.”
AOL Communicator offers AOL members using the Mac OS X platform an integrated and advanced suite of communication features which include:
** Easy Management of Multiple Mailboxes – Allows members to read and send e-mail messages from all of their AOL Screen Names as well as standards-based e-mail accounts, such as POP and IMAP, from a single application.
** Intelligent Spam Filtering – Lets members automatically separate and eliminate unwanted e-mail, displaying spam messages in a separate color, as well as in a separate spam folder for quick review and one-click deletion. Members can also mark e-mail as spam, helping AOL Communicator’s adaptive spam filters to catch similar e-mail in the future by learning over time what the member considers to be spam.
** Flexible E-Mail Management – Lets members organize e-mail the way they want with flexible sorting, filters and folders. Members can, for example, sort by sender, date, and subject and set up filters to separate e-mail from a specific sender. Members can also view individual e-mail messages in a flexible three-pane window without the need to open separate windows for each message.
** Simplified Attachments – Allow members to view or save e-mail attachments by simply clicking on attachment links within e-mail messages. When composing e-mail, members can also easily add one or more attachments by simply dragging and dropping files directly onto their message.
** Full-Featured Address Book – AOL Communicator streamlines the addressing of e-mail and instant messages with powerful features such as the ability to display contacts by a “friendly name” or nickname rather than by e-mail address. AOL Communicator’s full-featured Address Book automatically synchronizes with the member’s AOL Address Book, making it accessible whenever and wherever they access the AOL(r) service.
** Integrated AOL(r) Instant Messenger(tm) Service and Mail Features – With AOL Communicator, members can display the names of family, friends, and co-workers in their Buddy List(r) window by a friendly name, e-mail address, or instant messaging Screen Name. And for added convenience, when someone on a member’s Buddy List feature sends e-mail, an indicator appears next to the person’s name in the Buddy List window. Clicking the indicator quickly opens the e-mail.
AOL members using Mac OS X (10.2) and higher can download AOL Communicator at no additional charge from AOL(r) Keyword: AOL Communicator. A version of AOL Communicator for the Windows(r) operating system is also available.