Last year LinkedIn had 5.7 billion internally searches- 5.7 billion searches inside LinkedIn. To me, that is an indicator that the "search" function was working pretty well and was a popular tool.
Sometime over this past weekend I noticed that there was no drop-down box next to the upper right Search box. Initially I did not think much about this. The drop down box allowed you to search on companies, groups, people and more.
This morning I took I deeper look and if you type in anything in the search box, it pulls results from people, groups, companies, but not deeply.
To search for other things, you need to go to "Advanced" search, which has changed as well. It does not offer the same functionality that I was used to, and it has made some of the things I would search on impossible to do.
Take a look. If you used search regularly before, I am very interested in your feedback.
I do not like this new way of searching at all, and if I had a vote in the matter, I would vote to return to the old search method.
4/24/13: DUE to the many comments I have received on this, it appears that I may be an "alpha" test subject. Most others still have the old search intact - and I wish I was one of them!