Microsoft is sticking by its unpopular promise to cut OneDrive storage. In a continuation of one of its biggest public relations disasters in recent years, Microsoft began notifying users that it was reducing the storage that comes with OneDrive accounts to 5GBs.

The decision is part of a complete reorganization of Microsoft's cloud-based storage allowance for personal users. Microsoft slashed storage from 15GBs to 5GBs, and discontinued a 15GB camera roll bonus.

Microsoft initially tried to impose a cap of 1TB of storage for Office 365 consumers, reversing a promise of unlimited storage it made just 13 months earlier. It made some concessions under pressure but still significantly reduced free storage.

Microsoft argued that some users were abusing the service, with once case of a consumer storing in excess of 75TB or 14,000 times the average.

While it advises users to pay attention and reduce the storage, there is some leeway and uses could get a one year reprieve — but only if they signed up for a (free) one year subscription to Office 365.

The reasoning here is likely that people will remain subscribers once they sign up. So while the original decision was a pretty clumsy PR move, it could ultimately roping in more Office365 users. If you want more details on the new limits you can find out more here

Xerox Calls Off Donnelley Deal

Rochester, N.Y.-based Xerox has called off talks with R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. and rejected a bid by the company to merge or acquire the Xerox hardware business, which includes its copier and printing lines.

To even enter into discussions in the first place was a bizarre move by Xerox given the amount of time and planning that went into finalizing a split in the company scheduled to take place by the end of the year.

The decision to split, which was announced in January, effectively divested it of the ACS buy from 2008 and separates the document management part of the company from the hardware divisions.

Nonetheless, earlier this month, rumors began to circulate that the company was in talks with the Chicago-based Donnelley, a print, digital and supply chain solutions vendor.

Xerox broke its silence on the deal by announcing last week that the merger talks were off. The company plans to split, as it has said. 

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Meanwhile, in a separate announcement that slipped under the radar earlier this month,  Xerox selected insider Jeff Jacobson to lead its core copier and printing business after the split.

Jacobson, who joined Xerox in 2012, will succeed Ursula Burns, who is due to step down once the split is completed. Currently president of Xerox Technology, he was previously chief executive of Presstek, a high-tech printing equipment vendor and has also held management in roles at Kodak.

GMC, DocuSign Integrate

GMC Software, an Appenzell, Switzerland–based Customer Communications Management (CCM) vendor has integrated with San Francisco-based DocuSign’s eSignature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform

With DocuSign, GMC users will be able to digitize approvals, decisions, workflows and signatures and automate business workflows to improve speed and productivity.

Tamir Sigal, CMO of GMC Software, called the integration of the two technologies a natural fit, adding that GMC Software customers will benefit in many ways.

Newgen Upgrades eGov Suite

Newgen Software, a New Delhi-based content and communication management solutions vendor, has upgraded its eGov Suite, which now comes with multiple new features, including full text search and security enhancements.

The upgrade enables integration with OpAll Viewer, which enables viewing and editing of plain as well as annotated images in file formats like TIFF, BMP, GIF, JPEG and HTML documents. Image operations such as print, zoom, rotate, negate, flip etc. can be done and stamps can be also be applied.