Yesterday we reported that America Online (AOL) have reportedly told The NYT that a total of over 100 people will be eliminated over the coming weeks. AOL is pruning employees for several of its web services, including the AOL Instant Messenger. Today, AOL seems insisting to ComputerWorld that the company is not getting rid of Instant Messenger service, claiming that it is just laying off some 40 employees which does not means that company is ending its service.
AOL has also confirmed that the head of AIM, Jason Shellen is no longer with the company and also other top executive AOL SVP of business operations Eric van Miltenburg laid off. One former employee told the Times that the AIM department was “eviscerated and now only consists of support staff.”