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cl.exe is a tool that controls the Microsoft C and C++ compilers and linker. cl.exe can only be run on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
The compilers produce Common Object File Format (COFF) object (.obj) files. The linker produces executable (.exe) files or dynamic-link libraries (DLLs).
Note that all compiler options are case sensitive.
To compile without linking, use /c.