The end of the world is nigh!!!

…or, at least you’d think so from some of the (over)reaction around the hobby.

Yes, the inevitible has happened and Microsoft have announced that they are ending support for Flight Simulator X.

This is, whether you are a fan of Microsoft or not, definitely the end of an era. It does not, though, as some have suggested, mean that you will no longer be able to install FSX or activate it. What it means is that MS will no longer respond to support e-mails about it, which may cause issues for some that will require work-arounds, but for the vast majority of users there will be no change whatsoever at this time.

Questions have been raised about the continuation of the GameSpy capabilities and “real weather” downloads for the title, which do as yet remain unanswered, but you won’t suddenly be losing the ability to use your simulator when the clock strikes midnight and, just out of interest, how many readers of this have actually contacted MS support to successfully resolve an issue anyway? The only person your editor has found so far, in a very quick straw poll, is himself, as MS unlocked my ability to install Acceleration once, during testing for a review.

So, in the words of a famous British TV character, “Don’t Panic, Mister Mainwaring!”

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Ian P
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:49

I don’t think they’d have the foggiest what to do if someone called them and asked them about FLIGHT now, either. Support for that always seemed to be pushed aside into a corner, to an e-mail address rather than being done in ‘the usual manner’. Other than that, yes, exactly. With the exception of activation issues, they’ve always been slightly less use than a chocolate fireguard.

Dillon
Thursday, September 20, 2012 02:16

What, their only taking calls for FLIGHT support now? Oh, well never called them anyway for FSX (wait a minute I am an FS9 guy)… 🙂

Colin
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 22:12

they have/had support for anything?

Paul
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 21:09

What support?

Johan
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 19:40

Yeah well, I suppose they don’t like it up ’em.