Doug Stainbrook described the "what's new" in part and assembly modeling. This is verging on making the engineers drool and getting a little over my head however all my Edgers out there will love that I captured a few highlights from his presentation. This is not everything, just what I my little fingers could capture! If you want to see Solid Edge for yourself, check out one of the events near you.
Pick what you want to act upon, then act
Single Pick, fence pick, or using the selection manager ("green dot")
Direct interaction with the model
Intelligence such as tangent, concentric and so on, are captured in the model geometry
If you are thinking, "I need to edit my sketch to edit my model." then you are thinking the "old" way
In Synchronous Technology, you do NOT need to lock every dimension (better to leave your dimensions unlocked, only locking values as necessary for a particular edit