I'm very pleased to announce that we've updated the Wikipedia.org
portal page with a brand new search box that is more prominent and will now display meta data with images (as available) in the search results (link
We also implemented a shorter language code (ie: EN for English, ES for Spanish, etc) to allow for more characters to be typed into the search box. When a user toggles the language selector, the full language name will be displayed in the dropdown for easy finding of the language you prefer to search in. For the more technical minded - I've also uploaded, to Commons, a screenshot of one of the ways we test our code, visually.
We're interested in hearing your feedback or if you have any questions! (Note 2: My apologies for not getting this email out yesterday, but I had had issues with size limitations of my screenshots.)
On behalf of the very happy Wikipedia.org Portal Team,
Product Manager, Discovery