From the Google Inside Search blog
You’ll notice a new simpler, cleaner design on the search results page — we’ve been working on ways to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today. We started with tablets last year, got it to mobile phones a few weeks ago, and are now rolling out to the desktop.
With the new design, there’s a bit more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you’re looking for, whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph.
Here is a look
This will roll out in the US first then will come to everyone as Google gets to it.
Less clutter on the sides with all the tools you need right along the top of a results page. It looks good to me. How aout you?