AOL will shut down AOL Instant Messenger at the end of this year. An email sent to subscribers has warned that after December 15, 2017, it will no longer be possible to access AIM, and all data will be deleted.
In addition to the iOS and Android AIM apps, the MacOS and Windows apps will also be discontinued. However, aol.com email addresses will continue to function normally, and incoming/outgoing email shouldn’t be affected.
AOL first launched Instant Messenger in 1997, and despite taking on challengers in the early years, it never fully embraced mobile, and has subsequently lost out to social apps from Facebook, WhatsApp, Apple, and Google.
In the email, AOL writes:
“We’ve loved working on AIM for you. From setting the perfect away message to that familiar ring of an incoming chat, AIM will always have a special place in our hearts. As we move forward, all of us at AOL (now Oath) are excited to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.”
However, no replacement messaging service has been announced.