I think it looks better, more professional, the colors are softer and the shadow effect is minimized.
And here is the new homepage:
The fonts color looks softer too (exept the links on the top), also there are some links that aren't underlined, the buttons look bigger and the search bar too, also both the buttons and seach bar look square. They haven't removed the fade in.
Here is a comparison between the old and the new logo:
Edit: I finally tried it in Firefox an it looks almost the same, the only difference I noticed was on the cursor that looks a bit bigger and isn't centered on the searchbox, here is an image showing what I say:
Here is IE: