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BigQuery - June 20th, 2023 [Feature]



## Feature [Metadata caching]( is now [generally available]( (GA). Using cached metadata might improve query performance for [BigLake tables]( and [object tables]( that reference large numbers of objects, by allowing the query to avoid listing objects from Cloud Storage. This release includes support for the following new features: * [Protecting metadata cache data with customer-managed encryption keys]( * [Statistics on metadata cache usage]( * [Table statistics]( for better query plan performance. Metadata cache usage is billed going forward. For more information, see [Costs]( ## Feature BigQuery now supports [querying Apache Iceberg tables]( that are created by open source engines. This feature is now [generally available]( (GA).