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Some may remember, that back in 2018, Airtable released “Blocks”— which let you build your own tools and added additional functionality to Airtable.
Then, in 2020, Airtable released the Apps Marketplace, which added even more functionality, and led to the renaming of blocks to apps because, well, they’re applications that work within Airtable. But that was never as clear as we hoped, especially in an era where Apps can refer to everything from Miro to Angry Birds to the application your team builds with Airtable.
So as we look forward, we wanted to choose a name that reflects the way our customers can—and will—use these powerful tools. Our goal is to extend the functionality of Airtable, so we wanted to choose a name that reflects that future. “Extensions” was a natural choice.
The Future of Extensions
Extensions will retain all their same, great functionality. In the future we’re building toward, Extensions won’t just be something you add to your base. They’ll be a way to enhance your views, interfaces, and more. We’re working toward a future in which developers can build and share custom extensions across any major surface in Airtable.
Of course, this is a future that’s going to take some time to build, but this name change is our first important step. Starting today, all your former apps will now be called “extensions” when you log in to Airtable. If you’re currently using Apps, rest assured they’ll still function the same as before and if you run into issues for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact Airtable Support.
And on that note, we want to thank all the developers and Airtable experts who have already built on our platform and whose apps are used by thousands of creators—like On2Air’s backups app, Knowa’s heat map app, and so many more. You inspire the Airtable team every day, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll build next!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or feedback, and if you haven’t used extensions yet, now’s the perfect time to dive in. Here’s a quick guide to getting started with extensions.
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