AOL is still a very valuable Internet Service Provider for millions. (Incidentally, I noticed recently that some AOL CDs give 1045 hours of free use within 45 days. There are only 1080 hours in 45 days. What's so valuable about the other 35 hours? Do they expect people to be so enamored with their AOL access that they sit inert at the computer for six weeks straight? Why don't they just give away 45 days of unlimited use?) Therefore, I see it as my duty to share the method for setting up America Online integration for Outlook Express.
We don't talk that much about IMAP email accounts, but AOL is a perfect example of when you might set up one. With OE's IMAP support, you can send and receive AOL mail. (Alas, OE won't tell you that "You've got mail," however.)
Here's what to do:
You can then close the Internet Accounts window and select Yes to download the AOL folders list in Outlook Express. All your existing and future AOL mail should be available in Outlook Express.
Now, you get the same advantages of Outlook Expressstationery, search and archive abilities, etc.without having to sacrifice your AOL address.