No one likes change, least of all change on a favorite websites. One need look no further than immediate outbursts that come after anything on Facebook is altered to get an idea of how difficult it can be to make even small alterations to online mega-sites. Kind of like steering the Titanic.
It is for that reason that even changes like the removal of underlines of links in Google search results is making news all on its own. A tiny change. yes. But for those who have been using Google from the beginning, it is an alternation that was 18 years in the making.
Let this be a lesson to all of us that nothing with Google is permanent---except of course those pesky algo updates like Panda, Penguin, and the like :)