AOL has unveiled Alto, a web-based client designed to aggregate and organise messages from multiple webmail services.
The company said that the service, which is currently being offered as a limited trial, would provide users with a simple, organised interface with which they can use their third-party webmail and email services.
Upon launch, Alto will include support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, .Mac and .me and the AOL Mail service.
The company said that within the Alto inbox itself users would be able to organise and categorise messages into "stack" groups which can then be prioritised for reading. Users will be able to separate content such as social media notifications or newsletters from other inbound messages.
"We built Alto for people who believe, as we do, that organisation is beautiful, who are overloaded with email and aren't happy with the status quo of existing email experiences," said AOL Mail senior director of product Joshua Ramirez.
"The way we use email has changed radically over the years, but the core email application experience hasn't."
The release of Alto also evokes a past for a company which was once the overwhelming leader among ISPs and was credited with providing tens of millions of users their first email accounts and clients.
Since its glory days in the late 1990s, however, AOL has seen its fortunes decidedly take a turn for the worst. Unable to keep up with the shift to cable broadband, the company saw its subscriber base all but disappear and was forced to remake itself as an online portal and content network.
Since the shift, the company has struggled to right itself and re-emerge as a force in the online world.
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