AOL has released a beta version of its new software that is specially designed for broadband users.

OpenRide software seems to replace the clunky AOL software that subscribers usually use for online access. It divides the screen into four parts, one for mail, one for IM, one for web browsing, and one for media viewing.

The “Dynamizer” sits at the intersection of the four panes, and lets users resize the panes as they wish. If someone is using Mail, that pane will automatically resize to be the prominent feature; the Dynamizer lets them make it even larger.

The software is a development that goes hand in hand with AOL’s announcement that it would offer AOL Mail for free, in a bid to move from a subscription service into an ad-supported service.

OpenRide also lets users integrate all their mail into one mailbox, if they so wish. You can download the beta version

here