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AOL is offering lucky punters a beta version of its new email interface.

Project Phoenix - a worrying name for any project - promises to be simple to use and includes a Quick Bar for accessing mails, text messages and IMs.

The software also aggregates several email addresses, so you don't have to suffer the shame of an "@aol.com" address.

AOL said that email accounts for 45 per cent of its total page views across its network of assorted sites.

The emailer follows a broader tweak of AOL.com.

Go here for more on the Phoenix beta. ®

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