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Flight Simulator

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    Flight Simulator

    In the days when PC software shipped in shrink-wrapped boxes, Microsoft did its best to keep the consumer aisles fully stocked.

    There was Microsoft Money, the personal finance software that survived only because antitrust agencies blocked the company from buying Quicken. And there was Encarta, an encyclopedia on a CD-ROM.

    But the highest flyer of all was Flight Simulator, which is one of Microsoft's oldest titles, dating back to 1982.

    Microsoft's last entry in the Flight Simulator franchise was released in 2012 and canceled only a few months later. In 2014, the company licensed Flight Simulator X to Dovetail Games, ending its reign in Redmond.

    Outside of games and consumerized packages of Office, Microsoft has virtually no consumer software today. Yes, consumer software disappears over the horizon.