Google Offers New Options for Home Page

If Google's famously sparse home page is too plain for you, the company is giving you some more options.

A bold color photo of sand dunes replaced the white background to Google's search box Thursday. You can replace the desert scene with an image of your own or others available from Google, including lively shots of the works of sculptors Jeff Koons and Tom Otterness. . Or you can stick with the classic format.

In a blog post last week, Google said the move is aimed at making the "search experience more relevant, useful and fun through personalization."

It also follows an artistic choice made by Microsoft search engine, Bing, which also uses images as a background to its search box.