Microsoft have always made a flight simulator, or at least it feels that way over 37 years and more than a dozen releases. However, they did close the studio in 2009 and only announced the new version of what has simply been titled Microsoft Flight Simulator at E3 2019. This came with much excitement from the flight sim community who have been waiting 5 years since the last release - itself only a port of the 2006 version on Steam.
The final two Alpha builds are scheduled for the beginning and end of June, with various partnership announcements scattered throughout. These collaborations are with aeronautic companies and are set to bring a great deal of real world engineering into the smallest aspects of the 2020 simulator.
Flight Simulator Closed Beta
The current Alpha has released several feedback snapshots featuring answers to the top questions, issues, and the wishlist. Unfortunately a heavy non disclosure is currently in effect and the only game footage leaked has since been removed from Youtube.
The closed Beta has a mid July release point and if interested, you can try your luck and sign up with Xbox Insider for up to date news and a chance to take part in the beta program which will see Microsoft greatly expand the playerbase from Alpha.