Wizards of the Coast put up their preview of the new Witch class, er sub-class, for their Heroes of the Feywild.
So far I like what I see. The witch uses Intelligence and Wisdom as her primary abilities with high scores in Charisma and Constitution being favorable. There seems quite a bit of overlap in the role (small r) of the witch and the warlock, but that only gives me a lot of ideas.
Witches do not gain the Ritual Caster as do Wizards, but given the way Essentials has downplayed the rituals I think that it might be fine.
There are some loosely defined covens (Dark Moon and Full Moon) which act mechanically like the Warlock Pacts, but thematically are different.
When the witch is out I want to start comparing it to the warlock and to my own witches.
I think the 4e witch is positioned to more of a direct competitor to the Pathfinder witch.
What I dislike about it is that the Witch is just a sub-class of the Wizard. But I guess I shouldn't complain. We are getting a witch afterall.