Microsoft Acquires Learning Platform

IBL News | New York

Microsoft announced yesterday the acquisition of the San Diego-based learning start-up, for an undisclosed amount.

TakeLessons offers online and offline courses on consumer-oriented subjects, including music, languages, and the arts. The platform connects students with individual tutors, both online and in person.

With this move, Microsoft purchases a learning lineup that differs from the business and technology-related educational content available from LinkedIn Learning.

“This acquisition is in response to the growing demand on personalized hybrid opportunities and expands our product offerings to TakeLessons consumers, a leading online learning platform,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Founded in 2006, TakeLessons has raised over $20 million from a range of VCs and individuals, such as Lightbank, Uncork Capital, Crosslink Capital, and others.

Currently, over 6% of Microsoft’s revenue comes from LinkedIn.