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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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The Accountants Forum is sponsored by the AICPA on the CompuServe network.
Tesco is testing Internet shopping on the Compuserve network, whose customers can order its hampers, flowers or wine.
It will use Internet technology supplied by CompuServe Network services (a division of CompuServe, Inc.
From there, it is transmitted and delivered, via the CompuServe network, to the desired publisher's In Basket.
From their IBM or compatible PCs, agents are linked to Mayflower's host mainframe computer by local phone call via the CompuServe Network to batch transmit data, such as order registration, and to use their PCs to track orders through the various phases of order life cycle.
Prior to that, he spent 13 years with UUNET, a WorldCom Company and its predecessor, CompuServe Network Services.
0 and Entrepreneurial Edge online via the public telecommunications networks provided by Compuserve Network Services, BT Tymnet, and SprintNet.
In his sixteen-year career with CompuServe Network Services, the corporate data networking division of CompuServe, Inc.
The service is currently accessible through the public telecommunications networks provided by CompuServe Network Services, BT Tymnet, and SprintNet and will soon be available through the Internet.
Earlier in his career, Winslow led the broadband telecommunications product group for CompuServe Network Services, now an MCI/Worldcom company.
All subscribers of NewsNet's database of current business news now have an additional network option available for dialing NewsNet--the CompuServe Network.
Upon transition to the private sector, he has worked for several large telecommunications companies including Telenet, Sprint International, Equant (previously Scitor/ITS), CompuServe Network Services, UUNET Technologies, an MCI WorldCom Company and most recently Applied Innovation Inc.