I studied for my private pilot before and fly small planes like Cessna 172, Diamond Katanas, Piper's.
I'm really psyched about this new flight sim, it looks great. There are great sims like XPlane and Prepar3d out there which allow you to fly from thousands of airports and with real scenery. Perhaps give XPlane a try.
Oh yeah I'm familiar with current flight sims. I still use them sometimes to fly my real route to an unfamiliar airport and for fun.
I think Microsoft coming back with the backing they have is really going to take it to the next level.
They have 2 major things, Bing maps and the Azure cloud service. These are going to be the most detailed and photorealistic scenery we have ever seen. And it is going to be 100% accurate based on actual real world mapping.
And Microsoft has the extensive cloud network to operate all of this on. Microsoft was a flight sim Juggernaut.
I read an interview on why they returned, they said they now have the technology with maps and the cloud to be a gamechanger.
Add this to Pilotsedge with real ATC controllers and this is as close as you will get to the real thing outside of an actual training simulator.