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AOL to Provide 5 GB of Online Storage for Free to All Web Users


August 03, 2006, AOL today announced that, starting in early September, it would make 5 GB of online storage available for free to all Web users. The storage offering, powered by AOL’s award-winning Xdrive® service, will allow users to back up important files like photos, documents, music, videos, and more. Users will be able to access their files from any PC or mobile device with a Web connection, share them with others by granting file/folder permission, move them via easy drag-and-drop tools, automatically back up important files or folders, and auto-upload any e-mail attachments they receive via major providers. There will be no charges for user to upload or download.

“People are accumulating personal digital assets at a fast pace, especially in areas like digital photos and videos,” said John McKinley, president of AOL Digital Services. “Yet our in-home research shows that few people are taking steps to protect their digital memories from accidental loss or destruction. By offering consumers the combination of 5 GB of free secure online storage and Xdrive’s powerful automated backup and online sharing tools, AOL is giving people a simple, effective and free way to protect their digital memories and have access to them anywhere they go.”

Features of AOL’s 5 GB free storage offer include:

* * 5 Gigabytes (GB) secure online storage at no cost
* * No charges for uploads or downloads
* * Ability to store any type of file, including photos, music, video, and documents
* * Drag and drop interface between online storage and hard drive
* * Access to files through any Web-connected PC or mobile device
* * Permission-based file and folder sharing
* * Online collaboration via shared files
* * Scheduled automatic backups
* * Automatic upload of e-mail attachments from providers including AOL Mail, AIM Mail, or any non-AOL POP3 or IMAP-compatible mail providers
* * Full-resolution photo storage
* * Easy access to AOL Pictures for professional prints and photo gifts

The new free 5 GB storage offering will be available to any users with an AOL or AIM screenname starting in early September. All files stored on the Xdrive service are protected in secure, state-of-the-art data facilities. Users can access their files via the Web at or through special Xdrive software.

Users who need more storage can upgrade to a premium service with 50GB of storage -- enough space to store tens of thousands of files or to back up a typical hard drive in its entirety.

More information about Xdrive is available at Video footage of AOL and Xdrive’s current offering is available at Xdrive, a leading provider of digital asset management, online storage and backup services, was purchased by AOL in August 2005.

About AOL
AOL and its subsidiaries operate a leading network of Web brands and the largest Internet access subscription service in the United States. Web brands include the® website, AOL® Pictures, AIM®, MapQuest® and Netscape®. AOL offers a range of digital services in the areas of education, safety and security, communications and music. The company also has operations in Europe and Canada. AOL LLC is a majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) and is based in Dulles, Virginia.


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