When I read this article a week ago or so I wasen't so excited from the improved search interface - Until I gave it a try.
Please note: in order to upgrade you will need to expire the cache of all the repositories - the improved search is a result of new lucene indexes included with 1.7.x version.
- IMHO search speed is 10 times faster the 1.6.0
- The search details is very useful for exmaple:
I serched for maven (naturally ...)