Last week, Xerox announced it will split into two publicly traded companies, one for Document Technology, the other for Business Process Outsourcing.

It expects to accomplish that by the end of the year.

Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is taking affirmative steps to drive shareholder value, and she says that she is confident "the extensive structural review we conducted over the last few months has produced the right path forward for our company."

In this short video, WXXI's Veronica Volk offers a deeper look into the split:


It’s one of the most iconic pieces of office equipment from the past century. It’s saved countless hours for workers, become a symbol for office shenanigans, and revolutionized the way we do business.

And it all started 75 years ago, today.

The Xerox copy machine stems from a breakthrough made by inventor Chester Carlson on October 22 1938.

On this day, in his small apartment in Queens, Carlson made the first ever dry copy. He used static electricity created with handkerchief, light, and dry powder to make the first copy in 1938.

The process, later coined xerography from the Greek roots meaning ‘dry writing’, was entirely novel.

Following an investor conference held in New York city today, Xerok Corp. has announced it will lay off 2,500 positions from its global workforce. The impact of the decision on upstate New York is not immediately clear.

Xerox has said that it would be talking to people affected by the decision in the fourth quarter of this year.

A statement from Bill McKee of Xerox public relations says in part:

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Xerox is one of America's most venerable companies. Founded in 1906, its name is virtually synonymous with "photocopy."

But in recent years, in an era of email and paperless offices, Xerox has struggled to stay relevant. Today, the company is trying to turn itself around and thrive in the digital age.

Leading Xerox through that transformation is Ursula Burns, a woman who has undergone tremendous change in her own life. Burns, 53, grew up in New York City's Lower East Side, an area she has described as a tough, drug-infested ghetto.