Messenger AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will cease operations in December after 20 years after starting. The news of the closure of the project announced in his blog, Michael Albers — Vice President of the company Oath, which was created after the merger of Verizon and AOL. However, officials haven’t confirmed that AIM will leave the market completely — instead, developers can save the brand for another product or re-issue of the messenger under a new name.
“AIM stepped into new digital technologies and launched the progress, but now way of communication has changed dramatically. As a result, we have decided to close AIM on 15 December 2017. We are eager to continue to create a new generation of brands and products that are changing the lives of users around the world,” — said in the Oath.
Recall that in March 2017, the company closed access to the messenger via a third-party app, but the service continued to operate through the proprietary software of AOL. It is possible that the developers are preparing the new messenger, which will replace 20-year-old product.