Newsbrief by Michael Oryl on Friday August 22, 2008.
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AOL has announced that it's AIM instant messaging application for Windows Mobile smartphones is out of beta. The application, which we first tested out in June, offers a fully featured AIM experience in a highly polished looking application. Users can download the application directly to their Windows Mobile smartphones by directing their mobile browser to http://wap.aol.com/, clicking on the Products link, and then selecting AIM for Windows Mobile.
The download is somewhat large, and the app itself can use a fair amount of data, so an unlimited data plan is recommended. Users will be interested in knowing that the new AIM for Windows Mobile client can be used to send text messages to cell phones inside the USA, which could be a significant cost savings for some people.
We did experience some trouble with the virtual on-screen keyboard on our HTC Touch Diamond disappearing when entering messages, though. It seemed as if the text input box lost focus for an instant, perhaps as ads on the app were being refreshed. But overall the application seems to work well.
You can read more about AIM for Windows Mobile at the AOL website.