Microsoft and H.P. to Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple

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It could be one of Steve Ballmer’s riskiest trade-show moves in years. On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The slate will be made by Hewlett-Packard and possibly available by mid-year, these people said.