RE: whay this is so neglected microsoft !!!?
For the sake of peripheral vision possibly? Before I got my TrackIR, I typically would run the VC at 75% magnification to give some peripheral view. You have to make some adjustments when you're trying to simulate 150 degrees of vision on a 19" monitor. Actually, in FS2002, I remember the view would jump from 100% directly to 50% which is definitely fish-eye. So, one of the recommendations I sent to FS at their email address was for varying degrees of zoom. I also asked that the VC pan be scaled to the zoom level. In FS2002, the pan was a uniform unit no matter what your zoom level which at 1x zoom was fine but when trying to track a distant plane at 120x zoom jumped too far away. Both of those features showed up in FS9. What do you know, they do listen.
Core 2 Quad Q6600, 9800GTX+, 4GB, Win7 HP 64-bit, TH2GO, 8 GoFlight, CH [Eclipse Yoke, Throttle (Pro and Quad), Combat stick, Pro Pedals], Saitek [Yoke, pedals, X52], TrackIR 3