How to Access Office Files on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

The challenge in working with Office files on your Samsung Galaxy S 5 is keeping track of the most recent version of whatever file you’re working on. In the most basic scenario, you’re working on a Microsoft Office file yourself.

If you have a desktop PC, you’re probably accustomed to transferring files among different machines if you want to work on them in different locations, such as home or the office. Here are your traditional options:

  • Removable media: You use a thumb drive or disc to move the file from one PC to another.

  • E-mail: You e-mail the file from one PC to another.

  • Server: You save a copy of your file from the first PC on a server that you can access from both the first and second PC.

The first option, unfortunately, is out. Your Galaxy S 5 phone doesn’t have a disc drive or a USB port for a thumb drive. You can use MicroSD cards for transferring music, along with the USB holder. Frankly, this is enough of a hassle with music files that don’t change that much. It’s a nightmare for Office files that are changing all the time.

This leaves you with the second two options: using e-mail or using a server. Sending and receiving Microsoft Office files as attachments with text or e-mail messages is probably old hat by now. You receive the e-mail, download the attachment, and work away. When you’re done, you save the file to work on later, or you send it back to your PC.

The server option calls for a little more explanation. By the way, there are two fancy terms for this kind of computing. The first one is cloud computing. Readers of a certain age will recall this computing concept as time-sharing, but that name is out of fashion. Cloud computing is in vogue,.

There is also an idea called a VPN, or virtual private network. This is fairly common in businesses. It’s similar to cloud computing, but the “cloud” in this case is the company’s computer system.