I enjoyed Microsoft Pinball, Golf & Flight Simulator during advent of PCs in early 1980s.  Latest version has advanced “AI” that interacts with “Bing Maps” & Azure for highest level of realism so far. 


Microsoft is releasing perhaps the biggest upgrade to the series in its 38-year history. Microsoft Flight Simulator, is an ambitious attempt to leverage Microsoft’s Bing Maps data and Azure-powered procedural generation technology to render our planet in unprecedented detail.  I’ve been playing a pre-release alpha version for a couple of weeks, and it’s frankly astonishing. This is a full-throttle effort from Microsoft to re-create the natural world and the magic of flight. And while it carries the weight of an iconic series, it feels like it came from nowhere. Why is Microsoft reviving Flight Simulator now?