AOL has unveiled a revamped version of its mail client, the first major overhaul since 2007.
The new AOL Mail cuts down on the clutter, the company said, and adds app-like access to other services.
The chat window has moved to the lower left corner of the inbox, much like Gmail's GChat window, while ads are now on the right-hand side. Click the tabs above the AIM window for quick access to contacts, events, and to-do lists, which AOL dubbed "mini apps."
Above the inbox, there are also quick links for starting an IM or text message, as well as a refresh button for email.
AOL promised easier-to-read fonts and icons, as well as new options for customisation.
"All of these improvements fall under our broader goal of giving new and loyal AOL Mail users a 'fresh start' with their email," said Joshua Ramirez, senior director of Mail Product Management, in a statement. "Email in general is a cluttered, broken experience, and we're actively fighting against that. We're giving loyal users a new experience and offering potential new users a clean inbox with a great interface and clean slate where they can own the email address they want."
"This redesign comes at the end of a multi-year initiative that started with optimising and updating our system 'under the hood'," said David Temkin, senior vice president of mobile and mail at AOL, said in a statement. "User experience is our absolute top priority; we wanted to maintain the reliability of AOL Mail while working to address some of the major concerns that our users have shared with us. The new AOL Mail is a tremendous step in the right direction, and we aren't through yet."