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This also coincided with a new "carpet bombing" marketing campaign by CMO Jan Brandt to distribute as many free trial AOL trial disks as possible through nonconventional distribution partners.At one point, 50% of the CDs produced worldwide had an AOL logo.In November 1998, AOL announced it would acquire Netscape. 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.
On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications for .4 billion.
In August 1988, Quantum launched PC Link, a service for IBM-compatible PCs developed in a joint venture with the Tandy Corporation.
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.