Technology and applications come and go but rarely do they stick around for decades in some form or fashion. That has been the case with AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM. The first version of the chat client for Windows came in 1997, allowing friends and family to communicate with each other over the proprietary solution.
Today however, we say goodbye to the messaging platform. AOL announced back in October that they would be killing off the messaging service and as of now, they have no replacement for it. It is unlikely they will ever replace it given the number of hugely popular messaging apps out there like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Skype (and many more). Simply put, the competition for AIM was just to great and without innovation, technology, applications, and services eventually die.