I guess 2015 will be known at the 60% board year. More and more users here are going with them. I guess it's a form factor thing, but I still prefer the standard layout overall. Maybe it's just me, but I feel that the 60% form factor is more in tune to Mac users than PC users too.
It's a trend but I wonder if the full-size keyboard will come back. I do like having the function row above the numbers and having a full numeric keypad as well as the arrows. About the minimum I will go is SSK.
Now, if the 60% does continue, (and it's not a bad thing) I would like to see indicators letting you know what layer you are on as you are using it. This would seriously eliminate error, and make things less complicated in my opinion.
Maybe by the year 2017, there will be less and less demand for a real keyboard, and people will be using those virtual keyboards to the point of bringing a true keyboard to extinction. I really don't want to see that happen.
"What do you mean, you have to use your hands for this?"