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Prodigy was formed as a partnership between IBM and Sears in 1984. The Prodigy online service was launched in the United States in 1988, and was available nationally by 1990. Prodigy grew rapidly and now has more than one million subscribers. Prodigy members also have grown more interactive every day, posting bulletin board notes on more than 1,000 topics, “chatting” in real time, clocking more than one million hours of usage a month, sending email messages, checking live newswire feeds and enjoying hundreds of other features.
In January 1995, Prodigy was the first major online service to offer a Web browser for surfing the Internet. Today, Prodigy again leads the way by being the first service hosted in HTML, the language of the World Wide Web (WWW). Prodigy has led the industry in network reliability, advertising, and in travel, financial and shopping transactions. Now, through its merger with International Wireless, the company has powerful connections and alliances around the world with leading telephone and technology companies.
Prodigy provides online services to subscribers throughout the United States and in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America through its subsidiaries and partners. The company is now expanding further, both in the United States and internationally, with its Web-based Internet service, Prodigy Internet, that will allow subscribers to access the power of the Internet in a user-customizable and flexible way.
Prodigy offers more than 500 features including a Web browser, hundreds of live Chat rooms, Internet email, Personal Web Pages, live news feeds, investment tools, educational tools, medical information, games, music, 180 interest groups, bulletin boards and more.
The Prodigy online service is powered by the distributed Prodigy network, the only online network of its kind. This extensive network, centered in New York, is fully compatible with Internet protocols, yet offers a far higher level of security. The distributed network of servers increases data delivery speed, and can re-route online traffic for increased reliability with points of presence that enable members in the United States to dial into the service nationwide. The network was recently upgraded to support higher speeds and enhance system performance.
In addition to the U.S.-based network, Prodigy has expertise in and access to a host of other technologies, such as wireless and satellite, which allow the company to work with partners in regions where existing local infrastructure may not be equipped to support the demands of an Internet service. In many developing countries, for instance, Prodigy works with local providers to create the network environment that will best meet their needs. This approach allows Prodigy to provide a truly global Internet service.
Prodigy is delivered on two software platforms — Prodigy Classic and Prodigy Internet. Prodigy Classic, the first consumer online service in the U.S., achieved national distribution in 1990. Prodigy Classic pioneered online shopping, banking, advertising, stock trading and was the first service to deliver a Web Browser to its members. In addition to more than 500 features, Prodigy members communicating with each other via email, live chat, newsgroups and bulletin boards. Prodigy’s Personal Web Pages area allows members to create their own multimedia Web pages on the Internet in just minutes.
Prodigy Internet is the Internet-based version of Prodigy. Content is written in HTML and resides on World Wide Web (WWW) servers. Prodigy Internet members can personally design their own service while enjoying the latest new technologies. And, since Prodigy Internet is built on an open platform (the Internet and all the associated industry open standards), many of its online tools are interchangeable. Therefore, the service features leading-edge technology without the need for costly software or hardware upgrades.
Prodigy Classic was shutdown in 1999.
- The Prodigy Star - Prodigy newsletter