AOL Instant Messenger To Include Browser

AIM launched a beta update to AIM 5.9 on Tuesday, this time including an embedded browser.

America Online Inc. is bundling its own Web browser into the newest versions of AOL Instant Messenger in an effort that is likely to expose a wider swath of users to the browsing features it has built atop Internet Explorer.

The recently renamed AOL Explorer browser is included as part of an upgrade to AIM 5.9, which AOL released in beta on Tuesday. AOL also plans to include the browser in its next-generation AIM client, code-named Triton…

Apparently AOL has added features like Tabbed Browsing to their version of Internet Explorer and the ability to view small thumbnails of the web site that a link will take the user to.

They will not change the default browser settings of the computer this is installed, so that is a good thing.

Another bonus to the AIM 5.9 upgrade is the removal of the WildTangent and WeatherBug spyware.

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