AOL’s Phoenix Rises in Facebook’s Heavy Shadow

Former Internet behemoth AOL is dipping its toes back into the email pool and gearing up to take a big plunge. The beta version of Project Phoenix, which became available on Sunday to users who sign up and request an invite, is expected to launch for real in early 2011. While the revamped service isn’t intended to be all things to all people, it’s not all about email. “We are up to our necks in in-boxes, so we’ve brought all of those accounts into one place and built on top of that — that’s the foundation of Phoenix,” said Bill Wetherell, director of design for AOL Mail.

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