|September 22, 2020
Tables is a collaborative database program developed out of Google's Area 120 incubator. Tables is available as a web application. The app allows users to collaborate in real-time to track work more efficiently using automation.
Tables originated as an experiment within Google's Area 120 product incubator, and launched to a public beta in the United States on September 22, 2020. It was first released as a test for a limited number of early testers on March 5, 2020, and then expanded to a larger early access program on May 5, 2020. Tables is not part of the Google Drive or Google Workspace service.
In June of 2021, it was announced that the Area 120 experiment was a success and that Google Cloud "has committed to investing in this product area long-term".
Tables is available as a web application supported on the Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.
Tables anchors around several core concepts:
Tables allow users to set specific data types for columns:
|Connect related data from other tables together.
|Text, numbers, dates
|People, file attachments, locations
|Dropdowns, tags, checkboxes, checklists
|Automatic ID numbers
|Row creator, updater, create/update time
Tables allows users to collaborate in real-time on records in a table. Tables can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users simultaneously and users are able to see field-by-field changes as collaborators make edits. All changes to table records are automatically saved to Google's servers, and a change history for records are automatically kept so past edits may be viewed and reverted to. Deleted rows, columns, tables, and workspaces can also be restored within a given timeframe.
Users can share their tables and workspaces from Tables using similar permissioning roles as Google Drive, such as editors, commenters, and viewers. Tables also supports an additional "writer" role that allows users to modify rows in the table, but not the table or columns.
Users can share tables and workspaces with other individual Google users, Google Groups, or with their entire work domain.
Tables and workspaces can be shared independently of each other, and you can restrict access to a table within a workspace to provide more granular control of which users can see which data.