The whole reason I come to this page is to avoid the las vegas neon of the front page. It used to be the clean, google-like search box only page. But pieces of the homepage keep accruing here too. Not so clean anymore.
And that banner at the top telling me to upgrade to IE7 (which I've explicitly disallowed in Windows Update) actually crawls down the screen from the top with an annoying animation effect.
I made the mistake of letting Windows Update give me IE7 on one of my machines. I had firefox installed everywhere, but that was the straw that pushed me over to using firefox by default. IE7 is going to do wonders for Firefox adoption.