Today in the history of Apple: AppleLink Persal Editi is the precursor of AOL

  May 20 Today in the history of Apple May 20, 1988: Apple launches AppleLink Persal Editi, an line service that allows Apple users to cnect in using a Mac style user interface

Apple took its efforts the internet seriously, it was a preview of things to come. Unfortunately for Apple, it was not quite the hit that many had hoped it would be!

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Popular wisdom suggests that Apple has failed to take advantage of the Internet from the start. It was ly after Steve Jobs' return in 1997 that Apple launched iMac the Internet and started taking Mac orders line. This is not entirely true, however.

In fact, Apple launched a number of line initiatives very early in the existence of the Internet – even before Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web. In the mid-1980s, Apple launched AppleLink. This pieering product was the first line service to use a Mac style graphical user interface instead of a command line interface.

  AppleLink floppy e of the original AppleLink floppy disks.
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Created in collaborati with Apple and General Electric Informati Services, AppleLink was intended for use by Apple dealers. It was an line support service, designed to reduce the cost of support services, such as phe calls, paper documents and more.

GE charged Apple about $ 300,000 a year to host the service. Users were then charged from $ 10 to $ 100 at the time to use it. It depended where the customers were based and the service they provided …

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