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CompuServe

An online information service that provides access to the Internet, email, instant messaging and an integrated contact list. Founded in 1969 as a timesharing service, CompuServe is one of the oldest online services, being the first to offer email in 1979 and online chat a year later. The GIF graphics format was developed by CompuServe in 1987 to transfer compressed images over the very low-speed, dial-up lines in common use at that time. GIF images are widely used on the Web; however, the compression method in GIF was patented by Unisys (see LZW and GIF).

In 1998, CompuServe was acquired by America Online (AOL), and whereas AOL is geared more to the consumer, CompuServe's offerings were aimed at the professional business user. Specialized versions of CompuServe are also available for the legal, insurance and airline industries. See online service.
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H&R Block, which owns 80 percent of CompuServe, has been in search of a buyer for the money-losing service for the past year.
Contrary to reports and rumors, the Accountants Forum on CompuServe is not closing down.
For purposes of this article, the process is illustrated with Windows-based software (WinCIM), provided free of charge by Compuserve.
Beginning in November, members will be able to use their pager to receive notification when electronic mail is delivered into their Compuserve mailbox.
Compuserve has already announced similar moves, while America Online already offers limited Internet access and is exploring other options.
For burning the midnight oil, CompuServe Mail's 24-hour e-mail service lets you send messages regardless of time zone or distance.
In addition, CompuServe will provide hub service for the exchange of messages between MHS-compatible systems.
com and CompuServe," said Steven McArthur, Executive Vice President for Web Services and Messaging.
should sell its 80 percent stake in CompuServe to focus on its core business of retail tax preparation, analysts and investors are sharply divided on whether acquiring CompuServe would make sense for America Online.
Cox said that a CompuServe identification number and password, eligible for a $20 usage credit, will be mailed to seach Source member.
com or CompuServe Keyword: Adult Swim and click the "Brak Sings Your Song" Sweepstakes link.
H&R Block, which owns 80 percent of Columbus, Ohio-based CompuServe Inc.