It was just back in August the the first of a series of major shakeups at HP -- a company known for major shakeups -- were announced. These included both the end of webOS hardware, and the fact that it was looking for "strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group" up to and including a spinoff." HP essentially said at the time that its decision about PSG would be made by the end of the year.

Newly-minted CEO Meg Whitman seems to be keeping to that course, however, she also indicated that the timeline has been compressed. Speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit today, Whitman declared that it's a decision she'd "certainly" like to make by the end of October, because, "uncertainty is not our friend here." She also said that while she couldn't guarantee that the timeline wouldn't "slip a little," the speed of the evaluation has increased since she took over for Apotheker.

Leo Apotheker stepped down as CEO of HP after joining just 11 months ago when Mark Hurd was charged with improperly filing expense reports.