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AOL launches Alto email service that will tidy your inbox

AOL has today unveiled its new Alto email sorting service, a web-based email client that offers visual organisation and lets you manage multiple email accounts in one application.

The new platform will work on both Macs and PCs and will be able to handle Gmail, Yahoo! and .Mac integration, in addition to AOL's recently revamped email service.

One of the key features of Alto is that it will organise your inbox by automatically creating stacks of daily emails split into five categories of your choice. For example, these maybe daily deal emails (Groupon), retail emails (Amazon) and social networking site notifications (Facebook), which are among the worst culprits for clogging up your inbox.

Another feature AOL is pushing with this service is its flexible search bar. It claims to be as fast as Gmail, while besting Google's offering by searching all of your mail accounts, instead of just one. Alto's search tool also divides up results into messages, contact cards, and photos related to your query.

(opens in new tab)Alto is the latest product from AOL, after it found that rather than a new email account, users wanted a service that combines everything.

"People have multiple email addresses, and they want to get it in one spot, so we went back to the drawing board and came up with something we think is game-changing," said Joshua Ramirez, senior director of product for AOL Mail and Alto.

The web app is available by invite only, and will launch to the general public in early 2013.