Opinions and feedback varies, but Google is known for stringently (some would say obsessively) testing every small change to its core search engine page. So, I'd expect the usual discomfort with the changes will fade as users get used to them.
As far as how this impacts all of you out there, it looks to be more of an impact to you as a user of Google (in how the results *look*), rather than in how results are calculated (which is what impacts where your site shows up).
I personally don't like the look of it, but I too will likely just get used to it in a few weeks.
All the best, Peter