Over the years there's been a wide variety of keyboards that have come to market. Some have been weird, others practical and of course there's always the outrageously expensive ones for the rich and famous. Of late we've all seen the new Chiclet-styled keyboard from Apple for the desktop along with various virtual keyboards found on tablets. While virtual keyboards offer us great versatility, traditional Keyboards offer power users that needed tactile feedback that's perfect for long stretches of work. So wouldn't it be nice to have the best of both worlds? Well, yes it would and a new Microsoft patent that surfaced last week actually shows us that a hybrid solution is in the works. It's even imaginative – in that printed keys could be a thing of the past in the not-too-distant future. Our report details what Microsoft has up their sleeve for next generation keyboards for the desktop – and you just might find that their ideas are untraditionally creative. Whether you're a gamer, blogger or even a CAD designer, Microsoft might have the perfect solution for taking our old tired keyboards to the next level.