The Microsoft Corporation Reboots The Microsoft Flight Simulator Brand.

By: David M. Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

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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.

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2014 photograph of Bill Gates.
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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.

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HOT DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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).

The official Microsoft Flight Simulator product webpage can be viewed by clicking here.

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 SimulatorInsider” at no cost to get email notifications, the latest news, and interact with the development team by clicking here.


Merriam-Webster. (2019). Phoenix.

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Microsoft. (2019, June 9). Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Plunkett, L. (2009, January 22). Flight Simulator Devs Grounded By Microsoft Job Cuts.

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5 thoughts on “The Microsoft Corporation Reboots The Microsoft Flight Simulator Brand.

  1. Okay why now, this to me makes no sense. The visuals look stunning. If if the whole world is model like this and the weather is real time, say good bye to third party software. It’s just looks too good to be true imo.

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    1. Hi Charles,

      Historically, High-Fidelity third party addons such external weather engines (Active Sky, etc.), aircraft (Precision Manuals Development Group, etc.), highly accurate global terrain elevation mesh to 1 meter (3 feet) (Pilots! FS Global Ultimate Next Generation mesh, 80GB compressed download), custom crafted airports, and custom crafted scenery have stood the test of time (decades), major economic events/depressions/hardships, and market fluxes.

      This isn’t anything new. I’m sure seasoned and resourceful third party developers will be fine.


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      1. I see your point, my problem I see is that it states that it will be on Xbox and PC. So one for me I hope this is not an upgraded Flight program. That was sad flight simulator. With Xbox in the mix I wonder whats going be open for the third party if at all. We need that open architecture to have all our hardware (online stores or homemade) and company’s like Active Sky and PMDG. This might turn out be a win for LM Prepar3d and X-Plane if MS closes off any third party interaction. Just my random thoughts for now, am sure we find out more next year or as time goes by this year. Am also sure I’ll read about it here first thanks for news!

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  2. I would hope and intuitively think that the Personal Computer (P.C.) version will be the full unrestrained flight simulator that utilizes the very best computer hardware (e.g. CPU’s, GPU’s, etc.) readily available on the market.

    I would Expect the XBox version would be a “game style” fun version that is controlled through the hand controller.

    The gaming consoles are mix and matched hardware components that provide maximal profit for the company (Sony PlayStation, Microsoft XBox, etc.) at any given time, or current generation cycle (e.g. Playstation X, XBox X, etc.). P.C. based hardware has always had better technology than gaming consoles.

    I noticed the Microsoft Flight Simulator “Insider” group membership proposes interactions with the development team, while also proposing the capability of providing feedback, input, and insights to the development team.


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