Tarek Madkour is Group Program Manager for the Visual C++ team at Microsoft. Tarek’s team is responsible for delivering the compilers, libraries, runtimes and IDE that enable developers to create great native applications on the Microsoft platforms. Tarek is a tool maker by passion and trade. Ever since joining Microsoft a little over a decade ago, he spent all his time working on the various aspects of native development tools. Prior to Microsoft, Tarek was a software developer and manager working on several system-level technologies. Outside work, Tarek spends his time being a kid again with his three little kids and creating chaos with his "home improvement" projects. When he gives up, you can find him on a sunny beach somewhere.