Tables Beta Update & FAQ

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Table’s features and capabilities are now integrated into AppSheet, our no-code platform that enables anyone to rapidly build applications integrated with Google Workspace.  We’ll continue to maintain the existing Tables platform that’s currently in the Beta phase. New sign ups are not accepted at this time, but you can join the waitlist to be notified if this changes. We do not plan to add enhancements to the existing Tables beta, and have no plans to bring the Tables beta to GA as-is.


Features available in Tables, like intuitive data modeling and storage, became generally available in June 2023 as AppSheet databases. AppSheet database offers a similar data management and tracking experience to Tables, but also integrates with the broader AppSheet platform that allows users to build automation, mobile apps, Chat apps, and other custom solutions. Users wanting to try AppSheet databases can learn more about getting started by signing up for an AppSheet account
here, and if you are a current Google Workspace customer you might already have access to AppSheet Core, learn more

General FAQ

Q: What’s changing?

  • Tables is an experimental product built in Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120. Tables launched in the U.S. on September 22, 2020 and has since grown its user base and sufficiently proven market demand for a solution that helps teams organize and track work — validating its long-term value to Google. We’ll continue to maintain Tables but will not be adding new features to the product.
  • New users can express interest in joining the Beta here but should consider alternative solutions such as AppSheet database or Google Sheets.
 

Q: What is Area 120?

  • Area 120 is Google’s in-house incubator. All Area 120 projects are exploratory and experimental, with the goal of becoming a fully-supported Google Product. 
 

Q: When do you expect to have a fully-supported Google Cloud product available?

  • The team behind Tables has created a new, first-party data experience to power automated apps and workflows directly inside AppSheet, Google’s  no-code platform. This new experience was generally launched in June as AppSheet databases and offers users a way to build data models for custom apps and workflows, directly within AppSheet. Users wanting to try AppSheet databases can learn more about getting started with AppSheet here.

Product FAQ

Q: How, if at all, will my experience using Tables be impacted?

  • Currently, we are focused on improving AppSheet databases. This means we will not be adding new features to Tables and do not plan to make Tables generally available in its current form.
  • Existing users can continue to use Tables. When migration is required, users will be notified in advance.

 

Q: Workspace related features such as Sheets import or the Drive column type are suddenly disabled with a message "Core data access restricted", is this related to the graduation?

  • This change is unrelated to the graduation of Tables. This is related to a Workspace admin policy that governs access to experimental apps and core data access. Tables is considered as one of the experimental apps. By default, access to experimental apps is allowed, however, Core data access by experimental apps is disabled. This means that features such as Sheets import/export or the Drive column type will be disabled by default. Google Workspace administrators can update the access to the experimental apps or their access to the core data.See the following article for how to do this: Manage experimental apps control. If you want to keep the Core data access off but still want to export your table's data, you can do it in CSV format as described in this article.

Q: Will this change impact my existing Tables data?

  • This change does not impact existing Tables data. Tables will remain as is but the Beta program is currently closed to new users. Please join the waitlist to be notified if the beta program begins accepting new users.  As a reminder, you can always “Export to Sheets” from any workspace or table, and  then import that Sheet into AppSheet.  We’ll give ample notice before making any future changes to the existing Tables platform.

Q: Does AppSheet database support the same features that Tables Beta does?

  • AppSheet database offers a data modeling and interaction experience that will be familiar to Tables users.  In addition, many of the other capabilities that Tables supports are supported across AppSheet.  AppSheet also adds many capabilities that Tables does not have, including fine-grained access control, commercial support, and other enterprise capabilities. However, there are some Tables features and behaviors that are not currently replicated within AppSheet.

Q: What happens when my 3-month Free Trial of Tables’ Paid Plan ends?

  • The beta version of Tables has had a freemium pricing model since its public launch last September –  including a Free Plan and a Paid Plan – and the team has been offering the Paid Plan for 3-months free and not collecting any payment details. Moving forward, the beta version of Tables will remain free to users no matter what plan they are on today, or if they decide to upgrade/downgrade moving forward. 
 

Q: Is the beta version of Tables still accepting new users?

  • No, at this time the beta version of Tables will not be accepting new users. New users should explore alternatives such as AppSheet or Google Sheets for their workflow tracking needs. 
  • New users can express product interest in using Tables through this form. This does not automatically grant access to the Beta program.

Support

 

Q: If I have questions not answered in this FAQ, how can I get in touch?

 

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