INTERNET WORLD: AOL chief pins hopes on 8.0 software –

In his first public speaking appearance since taking the helm of American Online Inc. last August, new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Miller promised to wield "unmatched resources" to revitalize the flagship Internet service, while focusing on members and ease of use.

"We're committed to leveraging every last bit of the extraordinary resources at our disposal," Miller told the audience at Internet World Fall 2002 in New York Thursday.

All eyes have been on Miller since he assumed his post from exiting AOL chief Bob Pittman, who resigned from the company after being under increasing pressure to reform AOL Time Warner Inc.'s flailing Internet unit.

In his speech, Miller previewed features of the soon-to-be-released AOL 8.0, saying that the new software is the most important product release AOL has had to date. AOL 8.0, due out October 15, will boast scores of new features such as "Match Chat," a service which allows users to find and chat with other members with similar interests, and new broadband offerings such as CD-quality radio, Miller said.

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