Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free.

A year ago, Microsoft announced that it was canning its Flight Simulator game, much to the irritation of those who'd bought and played it for years.

Now, though, it's back.  It has a new name (just Microsoft Flight), and it's free. In its new incarnation, you play it as an online game, and the adventure takes place in and around Hawaii.  Other planes and environments are, or will be, available but these will be optional paid-for extras.

Before you can play, you'll need to download the Windows client for Microsoft Flight.  From my testing, this seems to work best from Internet Explorer.  Also, note that you'll need a decent games-spec graphics card in your PC, so check the requirements on the web site carefully.  It also requires Windows 7.

Plus, be aware that the download is some 1,500 MB (1.5 GB), which is a massive amount of data.  So check that the download, and continued playing, won't take you over your monthly broadband provider limitations.  And if you're on dial-up, forget it.

If you're still interested, head to and prepare for take-off.





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by abdullah tilly on 7. February 2014 - 13:57  (114302)

good game

by Uto on 14. May 2013 - 7:54  (107736)

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

by dusky on 6. May 2013 - 4:36  (107479)

how do you get started...

by dusky on 6. May 2013 - 4:35  (107478)

looks good so far...

by Mithra (not verified) on 22. September 2012 - 2:05  (99578)

Hi i have been playing for Mirosoft Flight for a while now, is there anyway I could get other aricrafts which are locked for free?

by qylovia (not verified) on 11. September 2012 - 11:41  (99100)

I really like this gameee...!!! Thanks for share this great news :D

by ayman (not verified) on 6. July 2012 - 1:03  (95782)

niiiiiiiiiiice game

by Wikkid (not verified) on 5. March 2012 - 7:11  (89935)

My five-year-old loves it!

by Clint (not verified) on 4. March 2012 - 8:24  (89894)

Let me clear this up for you guys:

First, this is NOT "Microsoft Flight Simulator". Microsoft made everyoen think it was and strung people along for over a year before annoucning that in fact it somethign completely different.

What is it? It is "Microsoft Flight", and it is a "flying game". It's free to download the base game, which is the big island of hawaii and in 1...airplane.

If you sign into GFWL, you get one in 1 more...airplane (that's 2 total).

That is ALL you get for free. (regardless if you are willing to pay for the rest of the world or mroe airplanes, you must downlaod this first)

Then for $20.00 you can buy the rest of Hawaii, or a couple of other airplanes at between 8 and 15 bucks or so.

So far, that's all they have released.

Roughly estimated, i'd say it will cost literally thousands of dollars in downloads to get what you used to get for $60.00 in "Micorsoft Flight Simulator".

Not to mention that the flight dynamics are not as good, the weather is nto as good, there is no ATC (no tower talkign to you), no other air traffic generated by the game at all, only other players if you play multiplayer, which can onyl be played online, no LAN support.

Make no mistake, this is just a game,a nd it is aimed at people who would not normally buy a flight simulator. Think Pilot Wings........

by Snert (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 10:47  (89852)

I bought Flight Sim X when I first found it and the Acceleration Pack soon after. I've installed them on most every computer I've owned since then but only one at a time. I try to be legal.
I tried to install it on this one and got told by Microsoft I couldn't because I've installed it too many times. Jerks. I read the EULA and nowhere is there a limit on number of installs.

by DannyD (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 3:45  (89837)

I LOVE Microsoft Flt Sim, but if I have to play on-line, then it'll be a no-go :-(

by John Skibinski (not verified) on 2. March 2012 - 21:23  (89825)

For those of us that have bought and paid for the flight sim, is this like Micro-soft coming in and deleting what you already have? They did that for me with their word processor, once.

by chet (not verified) on 2. March 2012 - 15:31  (89814)

"And if you're on dial-up, forget it."

What is 'dial-up'?

by mark bown (not verified) on 4. October 2012 - 3:43  (100217)

Dial up indeed....internet that uses a telephone modem, typical download speeds of 56k

by vittorio nicosia (not verified) on 2. March 2012 - 14:23  (89812)

In looking at the site for MS Flight, I find this:

OS: WinXP SP3 or newer

looks like most of the world can use it.

by SamG (not verified) on 2. March 2012 - 13:42  (89811)

They've more or less moved this game to the cloud? Like Office 365?

by AK (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 16:01  (89862)

No, they haven't moved it to the cloud. As stated in the FAQ, "Once you download the game, you no longer need an Internet connection to play." (

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