An anonymous reader writes: Starting yesterday, the Google search results webpage features a new sidebar. The Official Google Blog claims that "[t]he new design refreshes and streamlines the look, feel and functionality of Google, making it easier to pinpoint what you’re looking for", and explains that "[t]he top section of the new left-hand panel builds on Universal Search by suggesting the most relevant genres of results for your query and letting you seamlessly switch to these different types of results". Has Google at last abandoned its KISS attitude to web design? Currently there is no option to turn off the new sidebar, although a quick Google search shows that many people are looking for it.
Beyond the new search bar, Google also rolled out Google Squared, which presents search results in tabular form.