By: David M. Edwards B.S., M.B.A.
The Phoenix is defined as “a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period,” according to Merriam-Webster (2019).
On January 22, 2009 there was a shocking and indelible disturbance in “The Force.” The Microsoft Corporation had strategically decided to “discontinue“ the Microsoft Flight Simulator product and brand, which was established in 1982, thus effectively laying off the entire Microsoft Flight Simulator development team (Plunkett, 2009). The Microsoft Corporation was under the Preeminent Helmsmanship and Leadership of William Henry Gates III (also known as the “Bill Gates”) at the time of this decision and until May of 2014. Bill Gates was a Co-Founder of The Microsoft Corporation, along with Paul G. Allen, and served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), and Chief Software Architect.
Steve Ballmer was serving as the active C.E.O. in 2009. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations and major decisions at Microsoft, thus making the decision to discontinue the Microsoft Flight Simulator brand. Apparently, the decision was a decisive effort to re-align The Microsoft Corporation goals and agendas.
Over a decade, or more than ten years, and many more grey hairs later The Microsoft Corporation has announced the reboot of the Microsoft Flight Simulator brand for the Personal Computer (P.C.) and their Xbox console on June 9th, 2019 at the well know E3 Electronics Expo conference in Los Angeles, California; United States of America (U.S.A.).
The entirely new, and presumably built from scratch flight simulator platform, announcement video trailer shows in flight simulator recorded live flight footage at 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) resolution with High Dynamic Range (H.D.R.) color throughout.
Like The Phoenix, The Microsoft Corporation announcement trailer video shows visuals with reasonably modern and readily available hardware and software technology!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Current Generation (C.G.) Microsoft Flight Simulator should be released in the year 2020 Anno Domini (A.D.), or the year 2020 after the birth of Jesus Christ, according to The Microsoft Corporation (2019).
Microsoft Flight Simulator will be powered by satellite data and Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), according to Microsoft (2019).
Interested parties, entities, and customers can sign up and join the Microsoft Flight Simulator “Insider” at no cost to get email notifications, the latest news, and interact with the development team by clicking here.
Merriam-Webster. (2019). Phoenix. http://www.merriam-webster.com
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Microsoft. (2019, June 9). Microsoft Flight Simulator. http://www.xbox.com
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Plunkett, L. (2009, January 22). Flight Simulator Devs Grounded By Microsoft Job Cuts.
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