AOL Instant Messenger

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AOL Instant Messenger (abbreviated AIM) is an instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the proprietary OScAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time. It was released by AOL in May 1997. Stand-alone official AIM client software includes advertisements and is available for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS, Mac OS X, iPhone OS, Android OS, BlackBerry OS.[1] The software, maintained by AOL, LLC, has the largest share of the instant messaging market in North America, especially in the United States (with 52% of the total reported as of 2006).[2] This does not include other instant messaging software related to or developed by AOL, such as ICQ and iChat.



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