, AOL last December began testing the redesign of "AOL Mail on the Web." The Time Warner subsidiary said it would first offer the service only to its members but then launch a separate free Web mail service to nonmembers later in 2005.
AOL Mail on the Web's new look will resemble the layout of Microsoft's Outlook, with messages organized in a column of folders on one side and message texts in the main body of the client. The service will launch with 100MB of storage, mirroringYahoo, Microsoft's Hotmail and Google's Gmail.
AOL has been making steady moves to upgrade its mail service and other areas of its Web properties. In August, the company acquired antispam software vendorin an effort to boost its e-mail redesign.
AOL also has been refurbishing its AOL.com site by pushing more of its proprietary content onto the overall Web. The company has alreadyand will eventually launch a redesign for nonmembers.
Online news site BetaNews first reported the timing of AOL Mail on the Web's launch.
CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto contributed to this report.