no further update from MS (I had no contact with ASOBO directly yet).
Since we have still no fully clear picture off all bugs/problems of the AI engine I can not tell how much needs actual to be fixed. Each update provided some fixes/impreovements but added new bugs to already working stuff…
WU4 seems to have killed all previous AI setups and users are still recovering from it. Problems like this (no changelog at all) make things very hard since you basically start all over after each update.
Internally at AIG we have started a process to handle this a bit better (but since this has nothing to do with AI Manager and/or OCI at the moment I am not directly involved in this).
Yes there are conversions of models, mostly by individual users for their own personal use. For OCI we need conversions that have been done with the premission of the orignal developer so they can be uplaoded and then downlaoded with AIM during the intallation process. Besides that, converted models for MSFS need to be fully compatible with the current released repaints for it, all this takes time.
The generall impression at the moment is that 3rd party AI (online and offline) is not that high on the prioritylist for MS/ASOBO.