I've used AOL as my primary email since it was about the only option before Internet browsers. I stayed with them and used their desktop for the ease of switching screen names, their chatrooms, etc.
I could overlook the annoying pop-up ads and gave up on their click-bait "news" stories, but it was free. I don't use it as my browser, preferring Chrome or Firefox. Now they've discontinued access to their free desktop as of a few days ago. I thought I'd try the new paid ($4.99/month) Gold Desktop.
I hate it. All the chatrooms are gone replaced by some new ones. Can't sign on "invisible." I see no improvement or any reason to keep it, since I can access my mail through their website. I appears few are going for it.
Why pay for something worse that before? I'll be cancelling before my 30-day free trial period is up.
Product or Service Mentioned: Aol Gold Desktop Application.
Reason of review: Bad quality.
Aol Pros: Some features in the past, Previous versions of desktop, Old chat rooms, Multiple ims in one small window.
Aol Cons: Aol desktop gold, Whole aol gold experience, New empty chat rooms, Aim setup.