这款新软件旨在帮助公司在有限的时间内，让需要使用某些微软办公相关工具(比如workplace chat app)的合作自由职业者更容易地得到帮助。
Microsoft is reportedly eyeing up freelance hub Upwork
Microsoft and enterprise software company Upwork have partnered on new tools to help companies manage freelance workers.
The new software is intended to help companies more easily give temporary workers who need to access certain Microsoft Office-related tools，like the Teams workplace chat app，for limited amounts of time.
When projects end， the new software automatically cuts freelancers’ access to Microsoft-related products including any associated data.Typically，companies must manually block freelancers from access，which can be a time-consuming hassle.
Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel hopes that the new free product，called Microsoft 365 Freelance Toolkit，will eventually attract more customers to Upwork’s paid products that include freelance screening services.
Upwork teamed with Microsoft on the new tools because of Microsoft’s huge list of corporate customers，thereby giving Upwork an opportunity to get more business from them. Kasriel said that many freelancers who use Upwork to connect with companies work on projects that involve Microsoft technology， like a developer who builds corporate intranets using Microsoft’s Sharepoint software.
With the new tools， companies can more easily search for freelancers who specialize in Microsoft-related projects and hire them more quickly， he said.
According to the USA Herald， sources indicate that Microsoft is sniffing around Upwork， and has plans to make it part of the company’s family soon.
While LinkedIn is popular among large companies，full-time employees and HR departments looking to tempt said full-time employees elsewhere，Upwork is a very different beast. A hub for freelancers， formed in 2013 with the merging of oDesk and Elance (sadly the didn’t go for “Elanceodesk”)， the site aims to connect self-employed types with businesses and individuals looking to staff short-term projects. It has more than 12 million registered users.
USA Herald is incredibly vague about the nature of its sources， not even revealing which side of the potential transaction they sit on. The report states that a recent collaboration between the two companies - tools to help businesses provide temporary access to Enterprise Microsoft Office apps for the duration of a contract - was the first step on the road to a full acquisition.
Upwork has a more obvious direct revenue stream with a consistent flow of transactions between employers and temporary employees and charges the former between ten and 20 per cent of the value of a given project.
Kasriel said that Upwork doesn’t plan similar deals with Microsoft competitors like Google’s G Suite workplace software or Slack.“Right now that is not the plan，”Kasriel said.
零工经济先驱Upwork将上市-Gig economy pioneer Upwork set to go public文/Rachel Ranosa
Upwork，以前称Elance-oDesk，是一个全球自由职业者平台，企业和自由职业者人士可以远程连接和协作。 2015年，Elance-oDesk更名为Upwork。它位于加州山景城和旧金山。 全名是Upwork Global Inc.
Upwork, the global marketplace for freelance jobs, is preparing to go public in what observers anticipate to be the ‘marquee IPO’ of the last half of 2018.
A pioneer in the online gig economy, Upwork confidentially filed papers for its stock market debut, Recode reported. The company initially welcomed the idea of a billion-dollar valuation despite financial setbacks and a price restructuring that allegedly drew flak from freelancers.
If all goes according to plan this year, however, the group is set to be the latest in a string of high-profile, high-value tech companies floating on the stock market.
Upwork is the byproduct of two other freelance jobs portals, oDesk and Elance, which merged in 2015. Freelancers earn from one-off projects posted on the site. The company snips off a percentage from the gig worker’s income while also charging job posters a transaction fee.
While details of the IPO are yet to be disclosed, industry observers such as Bill Murphy of Inc. believe it is “virtually certain some people are going to clean up” and cash in on the stock market launch. At present, Upwork reportedly hosts US$1bn worth of gigs on a platform said to be used by 16 million freelancers.
Part of the reason Upwork is expected to be one of the year’s biggest IPOs is the growth of the freelance workforce in the US. A 2017 report from Upwork and Freelancers Union estimates more than 57 million (36%) Americans are contributing US$1tn to the economy through independent work.
The shift to alternative modes of employment, such as gigs and other independent work, is expected to accelerate by 2027 when a majority of Americans will have become freelancers, the study suggested.
“We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a period of rapid change in work driven by increasing automation,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork. “But we have a unique opportunity to guide the future of work and freelancers will play more of a key role than people realize.”