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AOL gives AIM makeover to stay competitive

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
AOL is giving its messaging software AIM a makeover.

It's the first revamp for the software in several years and comes as AOL tries to revitalize its business and compete with chat services on sites like Facebook and Google.

Among the new features is the ability to view pictures and videos inside chat windows. It also syncs messages across devices so messages aren't missed.

And its iconic "Buddy List" has given way to a list of AIM friends ordered by how recently you've chatted with them.

AIM is now the third most popular messaging service behind Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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