It seems like a good idea for me. It can be turned-off if you don't want it and I can't understand why anyone is moaning about it. Except for one thing, they have not bothered to support Opera, so I will not be using it until they do.
You say it's been "going for ages"... yet I have never seen this before, and have never seen an option to enable it before even though I am logged into Google all the time. So it's new to me, that the "auto search suggestions" launch straight into the full Google search page... rather than you having to pick something to get to that point.
Grey George... the doodle wasn't just annoying, it crippled PC's globally,
I had the grey Google in my `minimalist` search page yesterday. Each letter changed back to its usual colour with each press of of a letter key.
On Tuesday, it opened with an explosion of coloured blobs which then reformed to make the Google logo.
Frankly, I like it as long as it doesn`t use so much CPU that everything seizes up ... like the buckey ball fiasco!
I think it arrives with the Firefox Google toolbar update "gupdate1c9abab5c895" which appears daily in my Event Viewer> Applications, which also seems to be responsible for the various special day mods to the search box.
The coloured blobs was quite good for a one off... and only used processor power while in action, the grey Google... I didn't like, but, I never got to see any coloured letters as I typed, just unchanging grey all the time. I deliberately don't have Java installed... maybe something to do with that... dunno.
So again the question like with the buckballs... were different PC's affected differently ?
I only use IE8 toolbar and (normally) Google as one of two tabs on there.