Microsoft FS 5.0a for the PC (1993)
This is the last pure MS-DOS version, distributed on floppy only, including the additional patch to version 5.0a that was issued early 1994. It is also the first of a completely new generation, with characteristics anticipating the versions to follow. Very distinct from its predecessors in many aspects. Both reasons make it attractive to include it.
FS 5 contains a more or less photo realistic panel, which with respect to composition, lay-out and functionality however is not really different from earlier versions. See picture below. Just compare that to the panel in MS FS 1 of 1982!
FS 4, together with A&SD (Aircraft and Scenery Designer), marked the start of the add-on development, which started as a pure freeware scene, but eventually ended as the current multi million dollar industry. Many of he developers of those early days can still be found as developers or managers at the add-on companies. FS 5 upped the ante by providing a much nicer panel and much improved scenery.
Below you will find two sets of
download files. The first has separate files that can each
be put on a floppy and installed from that original medium
in the original way. It requires a PC that is capable of
running a proper old MS-DOS.
Latest revision: 18.12.2005