Microsoft Flight Simulator development roadmap, clips, and screenshots

Microsoft kicks off Insider Program.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft has kicked off its Insider Program for the E3 2019-announced Microsoft Flight Simulator, providing a development roadmap, four short clips, and two new screenshots.

The Insider Program allows fans and community members to collaborate with the development team to improve the simulation, experience, and services of Microsoft Flight Simulator through feedback and insight.

The development roadmap is as follows:

August 15

  • Insider Program begins
  • Media update
  • DR preview release to Insiders
  • Technical Alpha – internal testing

August 22

  • Media update
  • Third-party progress update
  • Technical Alpha – internal flighting

August 29

  • Media update
  • Build program update
  • DR release (general)
  • Technical Alpha – internal flighting

Early September

  • Media update
  • DR update (September)


  • Media update
  • DR update (preview October / November)
  • Build program – Technical Alpha timeline

Late September

  • Media update
  • Feedback pipeline overview
  • DR update (general)
  • Feature Discovery Series – preview
    • Episode #1: World
    • Episode #2: Weather
    • Episode #3: Aerodynamics
    • Episode #4: Cockpits


  • Feature Discovery Series release
    • Episode #1: World
  • Build program – Technical Alpha #2 timeline
  • DR update (preview for November / December)
  • Feedback pipeline online
  • Partner feature announcement series kickoff
  • Insider Program updates

Microsoft Flight Simulator is due out first for Windows 10 in 2020, followed by Xbox One at a later date.

Watch the new clips below. View the screenshots at the gallery.

  • Time Lapse Clouds – May build
  • A320 – February / March build
  • Arcachon – May build
  • DR400 in Hangar – April build

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