5 Instant Messaging Apps as Alternative to AOL Instant Messaging (AIM)

After about 20 years of service, AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) will be shut down by the company (AOL) on December 15th, 2017. On the 2000s, AIM is one of popular instant messaging beside Yahoo Messenger, ICQ or MSN Messenger. But the popularity of messaging client waned with the rise of new services and smartphones. AOL stopped development of the client back in 2012 but kept services online.

For some people (maybe many people) this will not give any effect because they don’t use AIM anymore. However, some people who are fanatical users will certainly feel disappointed with it. Ironically AOL does not provide the facility to move accounts to other services. Thus when this service closes your account on AOL and everything related to it will be lost. AIM user still can save important messages, files or picture manually to PC before that date.

If you are AIM user then which Instant Messaging you will be used right now. There are many option now compare in the 2000s. But please note that we don’t know how long the instant messaging service will be exist. Popularity is not guarantee. Yahoo! Messenger is popular app but it shut down in 2016, and MSN Messenger also shut down in 2014.

Below 5 Instant Messaging Apps as Alternative to AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) which access from PC with Windows 10 operating system

1. ICQ

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ICQ is old instant messaging which always improve their service with modern design, new feature like on any modern instant messaging have today. Today ICQ is “simple way to communicate and nothing extra”. It means that this app is for communicate only. It can be used to chat, sound call, video call, or create group chats. You can sign up using your phone number or email. It available on Mobile Phone also PC which has Windows 10 operating system.

2. Messenger


Facebook is most popular social network today. Beside make a friend and update user status with text, image, or video, it also support for chatting between its members or in a group. User can chat from web browser or by using application that is call Messenger. With Messenger you can chat, send picture, files, or videos, create group, etc. This app work on mobile phone and also PC with Windows 10 Operating System.

3. Skype


Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones. Today Skype is not for video chat or voice calls only but also to text your Skype friend’s using Skype app. You can also send files, photos, or videos, with your friends. Skype will transfer up to 300MB per file. Skype also available on mobile phone with famous operating system (Android, Iphone, and Windows 10 Mobile) and PC with Windows 10 and another popular operating system.

4. Line


Line is become popular instant messaging today which allows you to chat, send files, make a call or video call with another Line’s user. You can also update your status like on Facebook and it will show on Line app. The Line app is supports for mobile phone and PC expecially Windows 10.

5. Whatsapp


Whatsapp is instant messaging that your user phone number as ID. You can chat with your friends in your Phone Book if they also register with whatsapp using their mobile phone. Using whatsapp, you can send text, make a voice call, make a video call, or send files, documents, photos, or videos. You can also create a group and communicate with your friends in grup. It available for mobile phone, PC and web version. If you want to use in web or PC then you must have Whatsapp app install on your mobile phone first.

Actually there are many instant messaging that can be used to replace AIM. But if you want to move then you can try one of them on the list above.

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