Skype made a strategic move today when it acquired Sonorit Holding and its USA subsidiary Camino Networks for what amounts to $27 million in eBay stock.
One can only speculate but this appears to help fill some core needs as Skype and eBay seek to be less dependent on licensed technology and want more of the team in house. What many forget is that Skype is still a young company and growth can't only come from the inside.
I see this as a good move, and a needed move in order for Skype and eBay both to be able to continue to compete with Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft, all of which have tons of in-house talent who understand high quality speech processing and Internet transmission of voice. Just last year Yahoo nabbed a core group of executives and technologists from Nuance.