My previous post has generated some interesting conversation in the AVSIM forums weighing in on my prediction regarding add-on content and MS Flight. Many argue that freeware will go away if users are forced to use a single repository for add-on content, but I think the folks at MS are smart enough to realize the detrimental effects that would have.
True, one user commented that this platform is not developed solely for the enthusiasts and we are a very minor segment of the whole. But even the efforts to create an SDK merits MS’s commitment to providing an extension of their core program – they are still very aware that they cannot create everything for everyone. There are still areas (planes, sceneries, airports, etc.) that can and will benefit from 3rd party development.
So having to re-develop older aircraft/scenery/etc. for use in MS Flight may be a struggle, but the opportunity to have that aircraft revisited by seasoned users and also be exposed to a much broader audience (through the Marketplace) will in my mind outweigh the potential negatives. Something to ponder.