There are many competitive services in this space. What they all have in common is that they are purely web-based and require the user to login to a website to configure the service, create event types and availability rules, and copy links to send to clients. What makes WhenWorks unique is that it is an iOS app that integrates directly with the Calendar app on your device, making it far easier to configure and use, and is always with you when you need it. Here are its unique advantages:
- Zero Configuration – WhenWorks runs on your iPhone and connects directly to the Calendar app on your device. When you first launch the app, you’re asked to grant it access to your calendar. Tap OK and you’re done! The app will then have the ability to see your free/busy status across all of the calendars on your device (even across multiple services like Google, iCloud and Exchange) and will be able to instantly add new events to your calendar when clients book appointments with you online.
- Convenience – Since WhenWorks is an app, it’s super convenient to create event types and modify availability rules as needed and send email links to clients or colleagues while on the bus/train or out and about without having to login to a website on your desktop.
- Security – Since WhenWorks connects to the built-in app on your device (using EventKit), it does not require you to provide your username and password for each of the calendar services you are syncing with (iCloud, Google, Exchange, etc.). Web-based solutions, on the other hand, require you to provide your login credentials for each of the third-party calendar services you are syncing with, which is a big security risk. Since WhenWorks doesn’t know or store the login credentials for your third-party calendar services, there’s no risk of that information getting hacked.
- iCloud support – If you’re an iCloud user, WhenWorks does not require you to create an app-specific password for accessing your iCloud calendar information. The web-based solutions are required to use an app-specific password for accessing your iCloud calendar, which is a show-stopper for most “normal” users.
- Supports multiple calendar services simultaneously – If you use more than one calendaring service (e.g. Google for work and iCloud for home), WhenWorks can view your availability across all of those calendars simultaneously so that both your work related events and personal events block your free time. What’s more, you can create different event types for different calendars. For example, phone calls can get added to your work calendar and Lunch appointments can get added to your personal calendar. The alternative web-based solutions only work with one calendar service at a time.