May 24, 1985 CVC changes name to Quantum Computer Services in the hopes of starting over without the failure that the CVC name had associated with it. The name change was prompted by Commodore's interest in creating an online service. Commodore told CVC to clean up their business, license the rights to PlayNet's software and find some money.
November 1, 1985 Q-Link service debits at 6pm. That night the service attracted 24 people to their community. More information on Q-Link.
1985 General Electric Information Services starts GEnie a consumer online service. GEIS provided the commercial Internet services for Apple. Quantum would soon target Apple for a consumer online service.
1986 Times Mirror Company ends videotex service. The service's president James Holly commented on the future of online services and said, "There is no reasonable profit in the future." Knight-Ridder stopped the Viewtron service soon after this.
January 1986Q-Link has 10,000 users.
1987 Sears and IBM announce the name of their new online service Prodigy.
1987 Apple gives Case the go-ahead on what would be called AppleLink personal edition. More information on AppleLink.
1988 AppleLink personal edition debuts.
August 1988 PC-Link is launched. More info on PC-Link
1989 After Quantum decides to leave Apple. Apple pays $2.5 million for Quantum to relinquish rights to the Apple logo.
1989 Elwood Edwards records, "Welcome", "You've got mail", "File's done", and "Goodbye."
1989 CompuServe acquires The Source.
October 2, 1989 AppleLink changes name to America Online a service offered through Quantum.
1990 Promenade is launched for the IBM PS/1. More info on Promenade
1991 Unofficial talks go on with CompuServe regarding a possible purchase of Quantum. Case and other staff members opposed the purchase citing that the Apple service was doing well and they were preparing to launch a PC version of AOL. The offer was $50 million and was turned down