Surely, you’re familiar with the term ‘search’. I do commend MS and Asobo for the work on MSFS20. I believe the sim has potential and may become the premiere flight sim, eventually. However, I’m not counting LR out either.
I am somewhat distrustful of MS. I remember when they swore MS Office would never become subscription-based. I remember when they first implemented the system to check to see if a copy of Windows was legitimate; and again said, you could still use one copy of multiple computers. The implication was that Windows would always belong to the user (the prevailing thought was the OS belonged to the user and not the machine). I can’t say that I blame them for allowing some policies to evolve, but moving to a subscription base for Office left a bad taste in my mouth that persists today (I use LibreOffice now).
Then MSFS20 came along, and it looked terrific. MS wined and dined large groups of content creators, not earning their loyalty but buying it. Furthermore, MS instituted a strict gag policy (the NDA) to keep MSFS20’s shortcomings hidden purposely. Now the cat’s out of the bag; the good and the ugly is on display for all to see. So what does MS do? They create a known-issues section with just a few issues. Stuttering is a big issue for a great number of users, yet there is no mention of it as an issue.
If MS had not encouraged the content creators to only talk about the stuff like flying to your house, rather than real issues, good and bad, expectations would have been much more subdued - for the lack of a better word. These forums are riddled with issues, yet we have no idea if they’re being acknowledged - even if tickets were submitted.
No. I’m not interested in reading through everyone’s issues. I’m sure more than a few are user-issues and are no fault of the sim. I am, however, interested in seeing more than 8 or so issues being acknowledged.
I fear that we’re in a giant beta (pronuounced bea-ta - not beetah) test sim. Once everything is working as expected, it may become subscription-based too (Azure servers are not cheap). Anyway, I digress. MS could undoubtedly be more transparent about the issues associated with MSFS20.
Finally, I’m aware the sim is new and has yet to cut its teeth. MS’s behavior early-on will determine how vested they are in the flight sim community.