I've never understood the difference between a search engine and a browser. Over the years I've managed to reach the situation where, when I click the shortcut, a window opens with Google, which allows me to search the web, as well as check the weather, BBC headlines, Wikipedia and feed the hamster in his wheel. I think this might be iGoogle; sometimes it asks me to log in - I've no idea why.
So now I'm getting a box saying iGoogle is going to close down. Why? What will happen? Will Google still exist? What's the difference anyway? What alternatives are there? I'm suffering that fog of anguished despair at my own ignorance that I used to feel in maths exams.