so I do not see any good reason to promote this software
I'm not saying people should change whatever they're used to for FSCloud. I'm just "promoting" it for pilots who want to try some new free software to have some fun with it. Just like others here use FSEconomy etc.
I just like to try out new software, especially when it's free. I do some developing myself too and I know how it goes. People fall in love with a certain programming language and environment and it's various possibilities. The newest .NET in combination with SimConnect
offers a lot of powerful tools. But...it also locks out a lot of potential users.
I have the same experience with other (free) software like Open Rails
. That doesn't stop me from trying it out and having fun with it as long as I have some hardware and software laying around that can run it.
FSCloud is not a very serious network; you just install a small application, fill out a nickname and you can fly. Not many rules or restrictions. It's really aimed at people who miss the built-in network function in FSX after Game Spy
Networks like VATSIM make the "same" application or parts of it for various platforms and make them connect. They can do that because they're large networks. And large networks come with...a lot of people and they need a lot of rules to make them work together peacefully. Like a famous Dutchman says: "Every advantage has a disadvantage".