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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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Organizations that provide Internet access for the iPass network include: MCI WorldCom, CompuServe Network Services, OzEmail, GTE Internetworking, EQUANT, Hong Kong Telecom, NEC, NTT PC Communications, and Pacific Internet.
The Accountants Forum is sponsored by the AICPA on the CompuServe network. (See "Accountants Forum Users' Manual: Lesson 1," JofA, Sept.95, page 97, and "Accountants Forum Users' Manual: Lesson 2," JofA, Dec.95, page 107.) CompuServe is a proprietary online service provider that bills subscribers $9.95 per month for unlimited basic services and $2.95 per hour for the Accountants Forum and all other extended services.
Axis comes preconfigured to connect to the Internet through CompuServe Network Services, but is compatible with major Internet and online services.
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.).
In a statement, William Rilling, president of Ad eXpress, a Columbus, Ohio, company that delivers ads via the CompuServe network, said that since the announcement of AdSEND, "...we have definitely felt a confusing and chilling effect in the newspaper marketplace pertaining to the use of the Ad eXpress electronic ad delivery service.
In addition to Gopher and Telnet access via Internet, customers can connect to Corporate Easynet 2.0 and Entrepreneurial Edge online via the public telecommunications networks provided by Compuserve Network Services, BT Tymnet, and SprintNet.
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.
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.
All subscribers of NewsNet's database of current business news now have an additional network option available for dialing NewsNet--the CompuServe Network. CompuServe, a leader in the public data network market, currently provides access numbers in more than 350 U.S.
That cost includes all connect charges and CompuServe Network charges and remains the same regardless of modem speed, up to and including 9600 bits per second.