AOL is in the process of overhauling its email service, with the new offering expected to be made available in the UK during Q1.

The email system, which is currently known as Project Phoenix, features a streamlined design that the internet company says is visually appealing.

Users will also benefit from a Quick Bar that means emails, instant messages and test messages can be sent with just a few clicks. Facebook and Twitter can also be updated easily from the Quick Bar.

The Quick Bar in AOL's Project Phoenix

Furthermore, Smart View lets you see maps, attached photos and files on the right-hand side of the inbox before you even open the message and email aggregation makes it is easy to receive and send messages from almost any provider, including Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail from an AOL inbox.

Project Phoenix also gives users 25MB of storage space per account and improved search functions.

"Phoenix was designed and built from the ground up as an innovative and intuitive email solution that fits the way consumers communicate today," AOL said.

"Email remains one of the most vital communication tools despite all of the new sites and apps available to consumers today," added Brad Garlinghouse, president of AOL's consumer applications group.

To find out more about Project Phoenix or to request an invitation to the beta version of the service, visit AOL's dedicated web page.

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