I have had google.com as my homepage since 1999 (before that my homepage was Yahoo). I've been looking for an excuse to change it for a while, and what I saw this morning was a perfect excuse. This monstrosity is what greeted me when I launched my browser:
Google has never before been cluttered, but this is most certainly cluttered. Of course the thing that is new is a big huge graphic promoting Firefox. I love Firefox, but I don't use Google to be blasted with big graphical ads. I can go elsewhere for that. I counted the pixels (well, not an exact count, but close enough -- I drew boxes around the different areas and calculated those pixels) of crap vs useful stuff, and the crap beat out the useful stuff about 67,000 pixels to 55,000. And this is counting the Google logo as useful, which I did because I think it adds to the page.
I could have minimized some of the crap by clicking the sign out link on the top, but then I would get signed out of GMail, which is annoying. I want a way to get my google.com page back, nice and clean. Until then, I'll use something else. I'll try live.com as my home page for a while and see how that goes.
Before you accuse me of being biased or unfair, I want to emphasize that I love Google and that I think they have a great product. But something has changed in the company that they would allow this much crap to go up on the home page.