This is a frustrating and (for our organization) useless change that appears to have no way to change the default behavior. Our users are technical users for whom a saved search should actually be a saved search by default, not a report.
There is a slightly better work-around in that you can bring back the your saved searches as a dropdown by adding the following to the navigation menu UI (from the search app go to Settings -> User interface -> Navigation menu):
<saved source="unclassified" />
Then the saved searches will be listed in a drop down as they were in Splunk 5 and will also have a magnifying glass that takes you to the search and not the report. Clicking the name still takes you to the report though.
I'll be submitting feedback to Splunk - at the very least allow the default behavior to be specified by user or as part of the saved search itself.
Found this section in the .. http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/6.0/Installation/Aboutupgradingto6.0READTHISFIRST
"We have changed a number of the Splunk terms that you've come to know"
1.Manager, Splunk's main configuration interface, is now known as Settings.
2.Launcher, the initial menu you see when you run Splunk, is now known as Home.
3.Saved searches are now known as reports.
4.A saved search with an alert is now known as an alert.
5."TSIDX stats" are now known as indexed field statistics.