Monday June 8th, 2009 by Björn Balazs
Thank you for taking the time answer our survey! We had a great outcome with a total of 365 successfully completed surveys and 106 partially finished ones. A few things that came out that you might find interesting:
- Overall, 346 people took the survey in German, 68 in English
- 30% were women, 70% were men
- on average, people were 31 years old
- 85% come from Germany, 10% from the Rest of Europe, the remaining 5% are from other parts of the world including China and South Africa (!)
- Professional appointments: women mostly use papercalendars (65%) and locally installed calendar applications (44%), men mostly use locally installed calendar applications (54%) and Smartphone calendars (46%)
- Private appointments: women mostly use paper calendars (83%) and locally installed calendar applications (24%), men mostly use Smartphone calendars (49%) and locally installed calendar applications (45%)
- The calendar application used the most is Microsoft Outlook (45%) followed by others (25%) and eGroupware (23%)
- 43% of all people asked use a smartphone, the biggest smartphone brand being Nokia (30%) followed by Apple iPhone/iPod touch (27%)
- 1/3 of smartphone users synchronize daily between phone and computer
- Per week, 3/4 of all respondents make one or no all day appointment, 2-10 appointments shorter than one day, none with international partners and 1-5 recurring appointments
- Half of all people who answered don’t make any multi-day appointments per week
- Nearly half of all people (45%) don’t make any public appointments, while 2/3 of them make 2-5 private appointments per week
- Nearly two thirds (65%) of the people asked find it very important or important to include tasks and milestones into their calendar
- Slightly more than two thirds of all respondents find it very important or important to make appointments distinguishable by colour
- But there no noticeable tendency when it comes to accessing other calendars to coordinate appointments: 39% say, that this is absolutely not important or not important to them, while 34% say the opposite. 20% are inbetween, though.
- An clear majority of everyone (86%) who answered wants to have a “quick save possibility”, with start (98%), name (92%), place (67%) and end (58%) being the most important information for creating an appointment.
- As for the calendar view, people considered the week view to be the most important one followed by the day view.
- Also, Pop-Up seems to be the most favourite way of all the respondents to be reminded of an appointment, 2/3 (67%) voted for that, followed by sound signal (48%).
- And for the last question: As you can see in the picture below, synchronization iswhat people miss most in their current calendar, followed by reminders and groupware functionality:
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please ask!