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Anybody beta testing Streets & Trips 2011 yet?
DanTheDriver
Anybody beta testing Microsoft Streets and Trips 2011 yet? Any words on what is planed for upgrades? Come on, someone must know something.
Marvin Hlavac
Dan, generally speaking, beta testers are in most cases under an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), so we would unlikely hear any details about a not-yet-released software from them. In the case of Streets & Trips, there has never been a public beta-testing program, as far as I know. The only people on this forum, who know what's in Streets & Trips 2011, are Gladwin & Larry, both of Microsoft, and I'm sure they are careful about what they reveal before the official release day.
DanTheDriver
Well I was just trying ya know ... I mean it's always worth a try.
LOL
t1d
Dan's enthusiasm for Streets & Trips, along with the rest of the S&T fans on this forum, is a testament to the greatness of the software. I, for one, Dan, share your enthusiasm!
Marvin Hlavac


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DanTheDriver
I just wish that they would open up the code so users could create add-ons like they do with MS Flightsim. If they did that I believe you would see a great users increase and some really fantastic uses grow with Streets & Trips.
tcassidy
I thought they dropped Flight Simulator several years ago. Doesn't sound like a profitable direction.

Terry
taoyue
Microsoft already has a version of Streets & Trips that has an API. It's called Mappoint. They make money on it by selling Mappoint for 10x the price of Streets & Trips.
DanTheDriver
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
I thought they dropped Flight Simulator several years ago. Doesn't sound like a profitable direction.

Terry
Oh no ... flightsim is very alive and well. Google AVSIM.com
taoyue
Flight Simulator X is the final version of the product. The product was cancelled, and the entire team was laid off in early 2009.

Flight Sim does have a fanatical user community. But unfortunately, it never had the sort of mass market appeal that Halo or Madden NFL or FIFA does. These franchise games are what make money -- reliably, each year, every year -- and all you have to do is update the rosters. Whereas each new version of Flight Sim took a lot more engineering, only came out every three years or so -- and lots of users still skipped versions.

Flight Sim X will probably continue to be the preeminent flight simulator for many years to come. Take the example of Microsoft Train Simulator -- also cancelled, and now 9 years old -- but still the most popular program on the market. Very few companies can throw the resources that Microsoft can at a project.
Marvin Hlavac
At Streets & Trips Facebook page, a fellow by the name of Albert Clawson asked:

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I've been hearing rumors that MS has either decided to skip S&T 2011 or discontinue the entire product [...]
Larry responded:

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Ignore the rumors...there is definitely a S&T 2011 in the works.
snakeman48
This is good news. Hope it's out by the time we take our next road trip next month.
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