Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen revealed her company has receied many acquisition offers from first-tier IT companies since Intel shelved out $7.68 billion to buy McAfee:
The company still tends to favor independent operations, but since it is a publicly listed company, if any player can offer terms attractive enough for its shareholders, she, as a founder of the company, will definitely respect its shareholders' decision. Meanwhile, company chairman Steve Chang also pointed out that the company's long-term plan is to remain independent, but it will not rule out the possibility for accepting a reasonable merger offer.
As for whether Trend Micro has received acquisition offers from Intel, the CEO did not make any comment. But she pointed out that Intel's decision to buy McAfee is an affirmation of Trend Micro, an affirmation of the importance of information security. Intel and Trend Micro differ in some of the views about the future development of the industry but agree on others. Both Intel and Trend Micro hold the same view about the importance of information security and software for the IT industry, but Intel believes information security's future lies within the chips, while Trend Micro believes the future is at cloud computing.