DeadAIM adds the following specific features to AOL Instant Messenger:
- tabbed IM windows - a single signed in user can message with multiple remote peers concurrently
- logging - instant message conversations can be saved to text files automatically. When buddies sign on to or off of the AIM network, these events can also be logged
- cloning - users can sign on to AIM with more than one identify simultaneously through separate instances of the client
- user interface improvements - numerous enhancements to the graphic user interface make it easier to configure and work with the client application
Several different versions of DeadAIM are available for download on the Internet. DeadAIM is not a stand-alone application; once installed, it is automatically run when AIM itself is launched.
The DeadAIM and AOL Instant Messenger Express applications are not related. AOL Instant Messenger Express is a different add-on application that allows AIM messaging to be done within a Web browser.