After 20 years, & after being a forerunner in Instant Messaging, AOL IM will be shuttered on Dec 15 this year.
Here’s what the official blog post said:
AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.