Before the launch of AOL Desktop Gold version in the market, the users were using the previous version known as the AOL. This version of the software could be accessed for free and the operators had to levy no charges. But after the software was upgraded in the year 2017 and came to be known as AOL Desktop Gold, the users could use it for free but only on a trail-month basis and afterward they had to pay the charges of 4.99 dollars per month. The AOL Company is slowly discontinuing the older version of AOL software and also discontinuing its free service. There is no formal date that has been released that when will this happen. Even though the previous version will be suspended, but the users can still use services such as AOL emails through Aol.com mail website and other free services. If you wish you can install AOL Desktop Gold software in your system by checking the system requirements or you can update into the current version by visiting the official website.