Microsoft has launched TakeLessons, a startup with a website where people book online and private classes on a variety of topics, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed Friday. The terms of the agreement are still undercover for Microsoft TakeLessons.
The move shows that Microsoft is committed to providing opportunities for people to find educational materials, not just in the business world. More than 6% of Microsoft’s revenue comes from LinkedIn, and LinkedIn generates a portion of its revenue from premium subscriptions, including access to LinkedIn Learning, which allows users to complete online courses.
Unlike LinkedIn’s TakeLessons, it provides direct training from teachers in private classes and live group classes. Although LinkedIn contains learning materials for leadership, sales and other business topics, many consumer-oriented topics are available in technical tutorials, including music, languages and the arts.
“TakeLessons is a unique, reliable online marketplace that connects diverse, qualified and experienced teachers with students of all ages,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC in an email. “This acquisition is an important platform for online learning, personalized hybrid opportunities, and in response to the growing demand for TakeLessons in delivering our product offerings to customers.”
Microsoft introduced TakeLessons in 2006 and is based in San Diego. Investors include Crosslink Capital, Moore Venture Partners, Softtech VC and Triangle Pack Partners.
“With the help and encouragement of an exceptional technical lessons team, millions of people around the world visited the Microsoft TakeLessons TakeLessons, and learned millions of minutes – from steam to Persian, from guitar to horseback riding, from Parkour to hiking. For, song, and yes, excel macro too,
Online studies have benefited from the corona virus epidemic. In a conference call in January, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told analysts that the number of hours spent learning LinkedIn has doubled in the past few years.