CompuServe logoEstablished in 1969, CompuServe became the first commercial online service when it started accepting users on September 24, 1979 and helped introduced the GIF image standard. Today, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL.

Contact information

Support: (800) 944-9871
Alt Phone: (614) 723-9942
Fax: None or unknown
TDD: None or unknown
E-mail: None or unknown
Address: CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc.
Customer Service Department
P.O. Box 28650
Jacksonville, FL 32226-8650
Stock: AOL

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Company News

July 1, 2009 - The online service CompuServe shuts down.

October 1, 2006 - The Software Freedom Law Center announces all patent claims interfering with the employment of the GIF format have expired. All users should no longer fear patent claims when using the GIF format.

February 1998 - CompuServe becomes part of AOL.

December 24, 1994 - Unisys and CompuServe announced that they expected licensing fees for software that creates and displays GIF images. This caused hysteria among developers and website owners using GIF images because of potential future GIF taxes that lead to the development of the PNG format.

1987 - CompuServe introduces the GIF standard and images.

September 24, 1979 - CompuServe begins offering dial-up service.

1969 - CompuServe is established.