Compuserve is working to attract professional people with a powerful software upgrade and a PC purchasing scheme to members via a cash back rebate.
The company claims that time-constrained consumers are looking for premium online sources with ultra-fast speed and Compuserve now offers support for ISDN and future broadband platforms such as ADSL in its Compuserve 2000 software.
Real-time messaging tool CompuServe Instant Messenger, will enable members to chat with friends and colleagues online. Additional support for Compuserve 2000 Mail on the Palmpilot is scheduled for next year. Monthly subscription for unlimited access to the CompuServe 2000 service will be £7.50.
In addition Compuserve US has teamed up with Fujitsu Siemens to offer a 25 per cent cashback rebate on purchases of new PCs for members who sign up for three years with Compuserve 2000.
Andreas Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of AOL Europe, said:"CompuServe 2000 will allow members to get expert advice on their business interests,track their investments, plan their holidays and chat to enthusiasts in any one of the hundreds of exclusive online Forum areas - all within minutes of getting online."
In addition, Compuserve is adding premium content to its site including Venture Capital market for members seeking to raise venture capital and online travel booking through agreements with Amadeus, the global distribution system, and travel agents, Ian Allan Travel. Combined, they provide a secure online booking service with more than 480 scheduled airlines, 51,000 hotels and 20,000 car hire destinations.
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