OK, here's a decent explainer on the new CPC standing committee. As predicted in some quarters, the numbers went down from nine to seven. It's not clear which policy briefs were dropped from the top echelon yet. When it is, that'll be a good early steer on the new boys' orientation.
Wang Yang, great hope of the reformers, failed to make the cut. That may be because he's considered too liberal as the article states, or because he's a factional ally of the outgoing leader, and Xi wants his ain' folk around him (aside from Li Keqiang, the premier and No2, who is the top CYL representatuve in the new lineup).
The big news is that Hu Jintao has also stepped down from his role heading the Central Military Commission, which he was widely expected to hold for at least a couple of years. The move was flagged up a couple of days ago specifically as Hu's own initiative, and part of a wider plan to stop retired leaders from interfering with the decisions of their successors. If so, this breaks with the pattern established in Deng Xiaoping's time and pursued both formally and informally since then. It's also an indicator that, despite the various problems, mass incidents etc facing the Party, Hu thinks that it can go on in power without the benefit of the wisdom of its accumulated coffin dodgers. Alternatively, he mnay have been shown the door after getting on the wrong end of a factional struggle, or the decision may reflect Xi's closeness to the PLA.