This is commonly referred to as the "Eternal September", as Usenet's cycle of new users was previously dominated by smaller numbers of college and university freshmen gaining access in September and taking a few weeks to acclimate.
In January 2000, AOL and Time Warner announced plans to merge, forming AOL Time Warner, Inc.
The terms of the deal called for AOL shareholders to own 55% of the new, combined company. The new company was led by executives from AOL, SBI, and Time Warner.
In May 1988, Quantum and Apple launched Apple Link Personal Edition for Apple II and Macintosh computers.
In August 1988, Quantum launched PC Link, a service for IBM-compatible PCs developed in a joint venture with the Tandy Corporation.
The technical team consisted of Marc Seriff, Tom Ralston, Ray Heinrich, Steve Trus, Ken Huntsman, Janet Hunter, Dave Brown, Craig Dykstra, Doug Coward, and Mike Ficco.
In 1987, Case was promoted again to executive vice-president.
After the company parted ways with Apple in October 1989, Quantum changed the service's name to America Online.
From the beginning, AOL included online games in its mix of products; many classic and casual games were included in the original Play Net software system.
In the early years of AOL the company introduced many innovative online interactive titles and games, including: This coincided with growth in pay-based online services, like Prodigy, Compu Serve, and GEnie.