Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – August 22, 2019 Development Update

Following last week’s Insider Program kickoff, Microsoft has once again posted a new (albeit brief) development update concerning MSFS 2020. The update includes three new screenshots from an early February/March build, a 3rd party progress update, and confirmation regarding the inclusion of sloped runways. Moreover, regarding general project status, Microsoft explains that August has been a “…busy month for the team! We continue to make great progress on the Tech Alpha build, Feature Discovery Series, and many of the other exciting things we are working on for release in September and October!”

Anyway, with respect to third party progress, Microsoft provides the following information.

3rd Party Progress Update – We expect to release the first rev of plans and partners in October.

  • Phase 1 – Outreach and Engagement (in-progress)
  • Phase 2 – Code and Content Integration (in-progress)
  • Phase 3 – Content Release Timeline (kick-off)

In regard to sloped runways, the topic is addressed by way of philosophical question, please see below.

Philosophical Question

If a tree falls on a sloped runway but there is no one there to see it, is the runway still sloped?


We hope so, because we’ve got curved/sloped runways in the next iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Lastly, the screenshots which highlight (in order) Australia, the Grand Canyon, and another unidentified canyon.

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To read the complete development update, see the source post via the Microsoft Flight Simulator website. The above screenshots are available via the Insider Program members area. If you haven’t already done so, jump directly to the sign up page.

Please note, according to a comment in the members section, a more comprehensive update is expected next week.

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