In 1982, Microsoft first published Microsoft Flight Simulator. In 1996, I had the fantastic opportunity of join the Flight Sim team, where I was happy to work until I left in 2003. Yesterday, the news came that the entire Flight Sim team had been given their layoff notice, and the studio that made Flight Simulator was disbanded. Some good friends of mine have just lost their jobs, and a lot of Flight Sim fans, myself included, are wondering about the future of the longest continuously developed PC title in history. The status of the franchise in not clear right now, but by all appearances, (and I have no inside info here) Flight Simulator is dead. I have a lot of great Flight Sim memories, totally apart from working there. I learned how to intercept and track a VOR radial in Flight Sim long before I took my first flying lesion, and I still fly the Simulator when I can find the time.
Hopefully all my friends will find something that they are equally excited about as Flight Sim, and I know that any other team in MS (or outside of MS) would be lucky to have them.