There’s basically nothing you need to do to make the change from the free AOL Desktop to the AOL.com services, besides learning how to access and use them. To get started, go to www.aol.com, click the Mail (envelope) icon in the upper-right of the website, and sign on with your usual AOL screenname and password. You can also go directly to https://mail.aol.com.
On the AOL.com Mail website you should see the same messages in your Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Spam, and Trash folders as you would see in the AOL Desktop versions. You should also see a list of Contacts, which should include the same people from your Address Book in the AOL Desktop versions. On the AOL Mail website you can also utilize AIM for instant messaging similar to that offered in the AOL Desktop versions. You’ll probably notice a few new AOL features as well, such as Calendar, Events, and To-Do lists.
There are some noticeable differences in the AOL.com Mail website when compared with the AOL Desktop versions. For instance, if you have any messages stored in the Saved on My PC folders on the AOL Desktop versions, those aren’t synced with AOL.com Mail, but you can keep the free AOL Desktop installed for archive purposes. You’ll also find that your favorites from the AOL Desktop versions don’t sync with the favorites list on the AOL.com Mail website. Furthermore, there might be a few missing features, such as AOL Chatrooms, which appear to only be accessible via the AOL Desktop versions.
If you need help with transitioning from the free AOL Desktop to the Gold version or to AOL.com Mail website, give us or your computer tech a call.