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Microsoft Flight Simulator began as a set of articles written by Bruce Artwick in 1976 about a 3D computer graphics program.
When the magazine editor said that subscribers wanted to buy the program, Bruce Artwick set to work to create it and incorporated a company called sub LOGIC Corporation in 1977.
At 35 years In 1981, Artwick was approached by Microsoft's Alan M.
Boyd who was interested in creating a "definitive game" that would graphically demonstrate the difference between older 8-bit computers, such as the Apple II, and the new 16-bit computers, such as the IBM PC, still in development.
The 2004 release (version 9) marked the celebration of one hundred years of powered flight and had only one edition.
Flight Simulator X, released in 2006, returned to dual versions with a "Standard" and a "Deluxe" edition.
On May 17, 2010, Lockheed announced that the new product based upon the ESP source code would be called Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (P3D).
Microsoft Flight Simulator (often abbreviated as MSFS or FS) is a series of flight simulator programs, marketed as video games, for the Microsoft Windows, and earlier, the MS-DOS and Macintosh, operating systems.
In 1980, sub LOGIC released a version for the TRS-80, and in 1982 they licensed an IBM PC version with CGA graphics to Microsoft, which was released as Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00.
It was unusual in that it was not an application program requiring an operating system, but contained its own operating system, which displaced the installed one as long as the program was running.
stating "This difficult decision was made to align Microsoft's resources with our strategic priorities.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X will remain available at retail stores and Web retailers, the Flight Sim community will continue to learn from and encourage one another, and we remain committed to the Flight Simulator franchise for the long term." According to former Aces employee Phil Taylor, the shutdown was not due to sales performance of FSX, but due to management issues and delays in project delivery, combined with increased demand for staff.