AOL pitifully tries to preempt the expected Facebook email news tomorrow … by announcing it will add features long supported by its competitors.
AOL is hoping to help eliminate the hassle by introducing a new e-mail service that collects messages from other e-mail services in one place. Project Phoenix, as the product is to be called during its test phase, which begins on Sunday, also features a number of other upgrades that make it more of a central hub for communicating online, not just by e-mail.
AOL is trying to reverse a slide that began nearly 10 years ago shortly after being acquired by Time Warner. Since recently becoming an independent company again, AOL has tried to make a comeback by redesigning its home page and focusing on content like local news.