10th October 2006 was the date that Microsoft released their 10th edition of Flight Simulator calling it FSX!
It was the year that Google bought YouTube for $1.65Billion, It was also the day after North Korea was reported to have tested its first Nuclear Device.
At the time we were unaware that this would be the final full installation of the Flight Simulator product line and it would be only a matter of years before Microsoft would axe the entire project leaving hundreds of thousands of people in shock as to what would happen.
We did, of course, see the release of Service packs 1 & 2 and then the Acceleration Pack in 2007 but it went down hill after that with more than 50 of the staff at the development studio responsible for the project were laid off in 2009 but Microsoft said they were “fully committed long term” to the project. They didn’t keep that promise very long.
10 Years on I’d say things are going pretty well. We’ve seen the release of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3d, X-Plane 11 is on the way and Dovetail is actively developing a new Flight Simulator based on the original FSX code. Maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing that it was axed but let’s not forget what Microsoft helped to do.
10th October, it’s just another day, but I think it bears some significance.