Microsoft buys TakeLessons in online educational content push

Microsoft has acquired TakeLessons, a start-up with a website where people book paid online and in-person classes on a variety of subjects.
Microsoft-in-China-518x420Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The move shows Microsoft remains committed to providing opportunities for people to find educational content. More than 6 percent of Microsoft’s revenue comes from LinkedIn, and the professional networking platform generates part of its revenue from premium subscriptions that include access to LinkedIn Learning, through which subscribers can complete online courses.

TakeLessons offers live training for private classes from instructors and live group classes. LinkedIn Learning specializes in content on leadership, sales and other business subjects. TakeLessons has courses available on many consumer-oriented subjects, including music, languages and the arts.

TakeLessons is based in San Diego. Investors include Crosslink Capital, Moore Venture Partners, SoftTech VC and Triangle Peak Partners.

The number of hours people spent on LinkedIn Learning doubled in the fourth quarter, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told analysts on a conference call in January.