While Google still consistently returns the best search results, Bing (Microsoft's latest search engine reincarnation) did pretty good with their user interface. Apparently Google has thought so too, as they've added many of Bing's features to their own search engine. I guess this time they really did think Microsoft was a threat on the search engine front ;).
This is both a compliment to Microsoft, who has really turned many projects around the last 2 years, and Google, who has kept 'on the ball', recognizing they can lose their massive search engine share to a newer, sleeker competitor.
Me, I'm still a Google man. Google everything at this point. That company knows more about me than I do, lol.