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What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:04 am

As you know, in all Microsoft Flight Simulator versions, only Boeing airliners where available as default aircraft, i.e. no Airbus planes. OK, maybe they didn't want to model, for whatever reason, an Airbus (or Tupolev or whatever) plane. But I just checked the FS2004 website and the main article is about the 787 cockpit! It's something it definitely has nothing to see with simulation. If you click the link, it directs you to the 787 homepage ( http://www.newairplane.com/default.html ). Why is this? Do they have any kind of agreement, or is it just that the FS team likes Boeing?

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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:35 am

This question has been asked in flight sim forums since about FS98. FSFW5 and below we could expect a limited number of planes so you would expect a singular boeing and little else, but nowadays I don't have an answer. For what its worth I now run FS2004 and a fleet of IFDG / PSS Airbuses, I am happy with that and it makes its own statement I think.
 
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:56 am

This probably has nothing to do with it, but..

Seattle: Boeing
Seattle: Microsoft

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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:00 am

Maybe because both companies are american and its a question of pride I guess..
 
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:05 am

It's called BUSINESS.
Boeing and Microsoft have a contract in which Boeing provides technical expertise and Microsoft includes their models in their flightsim product.

Boeing gets exposure, Microsoft gets technical data they'd not otherwise have access to (at least not at a price making it worthwhile to include).

Remember the navigation data in MSFS is provided by Jepessen, a Boeing subsidiary, for example.
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:37 am

Quoting Jasond (Reply 1):
This question has been asked in flight sim forums since about FS98. FSFW5 and below we could expect a limited number of planes so you would expect a singular boeing and little else, but nowadays I don't have an answer. For what its worth I now run FS2004 and a fleet of IFDG / PSS Airbuses, I am happy with that and it makes its own statement I think.

the first boeing aircraft did not appear in flight sim until either FS95 or FS98. Version 5 and previous only featured a cessna and a learjet IIRC.
 
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 6:55 am

Quoting Keta (Thread starter):
What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

About 20 miles as the crow flies. That's got to count for something.

I've also heard that Airbus is less than forthcoming with technical data.

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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:55 pm

Was actually planning to go and look at Microsoft campus (or at least get as near as possible) when I was in Seattle last year.
Didn't get around to it, but did visit Boeing field, saw some pretty interesting stuff there  Smile
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:49 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
the first boeing aircraft did not appear in flight sim until either FS95 or FS98. Version 5 and previous only featured a cessna and a learjet IIRC.

You are right of course, they did. I guess the point I was making was that if MS were going to throw in one aircraft into the FS package it is more likely to be a Boeing rather than an Airbus. Which is fine so long as the rest of us still have a choice. I fly the A330 for example but then I like the BBJ also.
 
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:51 am

Apart from data, I a shure there is money in the middle... Microsoft said their "Boeing planes" in the sim were aprooved by Boeing... I think all is said there. If you look at the Ariane B737 series, I would say those are the best. Even the freeware Kittyhawk B 737 overtakes the Microsoft ones a lot.
 
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:48 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 3):
Boeing and Microsoft have a contract in which Boeing provides technical expertise and Microsoft includes their models in their flightsim product.

Boeing gets exposure, Microsoft gets technical data they'd not otherwise have access to (at least not at a price making it worthwhile to include).

Remember the navigation data in MSFS is provided by Jepessen, a Boeing subsidiary, for example.

OK then there is something.
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:32 pm

yes, there is something. But no evil conspiracies for world domination (at least not there, I'd have long since crushed them).
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:49 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
About 20 miles as the crow flies. That's got to count for something.



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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:24 am

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 11):
yes, there is something. But no evil conspiracies for world domination (at least not there, I'd have long since crushed them).

Err... yes I know. I never wanted to say that they were cooperating for something bad or whatever you understood. I just was looking for some kind of agreement, which I see they have, for example they use Jeppesen, and maybe they get a good deal by offering Boeing planes, or something like that. That's all I wanted, I for sure wasn't looking for conspiracies.
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RE: What's Between Microsoft And Boeing?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:36 pm

Actually to be more accurate, they have only "Jets" that are boeing.
They have bunch of other stuff like DC3, md83, cessana, Bell helicopters,
Couple of lockheeds. etc.

So if you are a simmer who happens to be Cessana lover say , you would probably have ignotred the Ugly painted 737, 777, 747 and MD83s alike that fly around as AI traffic in MSFS. And you would be bothering "is there something between Cessana and MS" ?

but in my openion the point is very valid that they have "more" B and A is completely absent. I guess it is primarily for convinience of building models being in the same country and less of legal and Intellectual property issues.

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