I don't understand why everyone talks about 'MS's evil masterplan' as a malovolent entity which cannot at any cost be allowed to gain purchase (pardon the pun). MS is the company that GAVE us all incarnations of flight sim since 1980, good, bad and ugly. If they want to change direction, why do you care, their 'damage' (to their own profits) and service (for which they should receive a standing ovation, how many major global companies serve a niche market of perhaps 1-2 million users worldwide for 30 years?) to our community is done, or rather was done in 2009 when ACES closed. MS is a company like any other, seeking to make a profit, not a charity! It has no obligation to anyone but shareholders and execs.
How can they control that!
if Microsoft get their way they will not want those new customers to be migrating to FS9 OR FSX!
FSX is still made by MS so any purchase still lines their pockets, more than FLIGHT at least which is FREE.
I imagine you mean people say users will migrate from FLIGHT to FSX, and you say MS will not encourage that, well the can't STOP it can they, even if they don't advertise flightsim.com users can still find it by searching for 'MS Flight support' in Google, discover the file library and FSX which will be $10 by then and there we go, new user, how did MS disserivce us or them?
You might say I'm sympathising with a billion-dollar company who don't give a monkey's about anything but money, least of all USERS. I'm not sympathising with them, I'm just curious to know why you think MS is evil and MUST NOT SUCCEED! I understand why you think they will be afraid of freeware for FLIGHT, but are they really going to confiscate what we already have? And I don't think a failure for FLIGHT will induce FS11, ACES closed 3 years ago, I think if FLIGHT fails MS will pull out of the market completely or return after another few years, back with something else completely different (like fLiGhT...). Really, I don't see how the situation is worse than when ACES closed in 2009.
Finally, it's been said before but is still relevant as ever, why would the site close because of FLIGHT, the site will close when it has no users and which of you are planning to leave now? If you are thinking about very very long term, how do we even know the internet will survive? (hypothetical and an example, not a realistic comparison)
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