Microsoft acquires student-tutor collaboration platform TakeLessons
Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based TakeLessons for an undisclosed quantity, as first reported by TechCrunch on September 10. TakeLessons is a collaboration platform designed to attach college students with particular person tutors and for tutors to create classes they offer college students, just about and in-person.
So far as I can inform, Microsoft did not announce this acquisition anyplace publicly. TakeLessons posted a Q&A on its website in regards to the acquisition. In that Q&A for its members, TakeLessons officers say they’re anticipating “the massive majority of all instructors will stay on the platform,” as they are going to proceed to retain management over their hours and providers.
The Q&A says the corporate nonetheless will proceed to be known as TakeLessons, although “we’d add a ‘Powered to Microsoft’ to our identify.”
Microsoft may use TakeLessons to bolster its educational cloud service. It additionally may choose to make TakeLessons a part of its property within the “gig financial system” area.
Microsoft is at all times searching for new methods to develop its Workplace consumer base by enlarging the general marketplace for Workplace. Firm officers have made “first-line staff” a key audience for Microsoft productiveness functions. However the firm additionally has taken some steps to make freelancers one other potential progress goal for Workplace and its different cloud/software program merchandise.
In 2018, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit, which is outlined as “a curated set of instruments, templates and finest practices that assist Microsoft clients launch, execute, and handle freelance applications at scale.” The toolkit included a SharePoint communication website template for onboarding, Groups steering, Energy BI for creating studies and dashboards, and Movement for automating workflows. Microsoft launched the toolkit at the side of Upwork Enterprise as its go-to-market associate, which has its personal compliance and freelance sourcing resolution.
I’ve requested Microsoft for a remark in regards to the TakeLessons acquisition. No phrase again thus far.
Replace: A spokesperson emailed me the next:
“Microsoft has acquired TakeLessons, the main on-line group for lifelong studying. TakeLessons is a novel, trusted on-line market that connects numerous, certified and vetted instructors with college students of all ages pursuing their objectives. This acquisition is in response to the rising demand on customized hybrid alternatives and expands our product choices to TakeLessons shoppers, a number one on-line studying platform.”
I requested, however Microsoft is just not disclosing phrases of the settlement.