According to AOL, there are six key features that should be taken into consideration:

– Speed: Installs in seconds and launches fast – faster than Firefox – so you can begin browsing immediately, without signing in
– Tabbed Organization: Tabs on browser and IM give you easy access and an uncluttered, organized view for all of your windows
– More Email Options: Streamlined AOL Mail lets you send and receive messages using multiple email accounts, including Apple Mac, Gmail, Verizon and many more, in the same window
– AIM Integration: AIM is built right in so you can see which buddies are online, chat and more
– Security: Access AOL Parental Controls to keep you, your family, and your PC safer online at no additional charge
– Customization: Highly customizable toolbar makes it easy to keep your favorites right at your fingertips with access to them on any Internet-connected computer
– Designed to work smoothly for dial-up and broad band users

The new AOL Desktop for Mac is available here for download. If you’re not in a hurry you can very well wait for the finale release. Hopefully, it will be a good one, able to keep up with the competition for the next five years. We doubt that AOL will speed up its development schedule for Macs and deliver a newer version much sooner.