The following post is based on the MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals April 2020 exam objectives refresh, and the state of the exam in May 2020. The good news is that the quality of questions has improved dramatically from the initial release, but it’s still going to be more challenging than you might expect if you’ve done other Microsoft Fundamentals exams such as as AZ-900.

Most candidates I’ve encountered need to take this exam as a job related requirement, and it usually means that it’s one of if, not the the first Microsoft exams they have to take. It’s also most likely that they don’t have a technical background, which means that they end up getting somewhat surprised in this exam for good reason. This exam does expect a deep understanding and preferably exposure to the administration of Microsoft 365, so it’s definitely not an exam you can over prepare for.

If your reason for sitting this exam isn’t a job requirement, but instead an entry point into Microsoft 365 certification and attaining work related skills, it would be a better option for you to look at MS-100 and then MS-101 exams. Focusing on an in depth knowledge of Azure Active Directory (AAD) is a good starting point regardless of which Microsoft 365 workload you decide to focus on, and when it comes to exams AAD skills are the gift that keeps on giving.

So, on to updated skills measured and some corresponding study materials. I’ve tried to stick with articles on docs.microsoft.com where possible, as that content will be refreshed and more accurate than aging blog posts or articles on third party sites. If you read the following articles, understand their content, and can apply this knowledge in the exam, you should pass this exam.

As of the time of this guide being posted the recent name changes of products such as Microsoft 365 Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium, or the Office 365 ProPlus to Microsoft 365 apps for enterprise is not reflected in this exam and shouldn’t have an impact on how you answer questions.

Describe cloud concepts (15-20%)

Detail and Understand the benefits and considerations of using cloud services

Describe core Microsoft 365 services and concepts (30-35%)

Identify the core Microsoft 365 components

Compare core services in Microsoft 365 with corresponding on-premises services

Describe the concept of modern management

Describe Office 365 ProPlus offerings

Describe collaboration and mobility options with Microsoft 365

Describe analytics capabilities in Microsoft 365

Describe security, compliance, privacy, and trust in Microsoft 365 (30-35%)

Describe security and compliance concepts with Microsoft 365

Describe identity protection and management options

Describe the need for unified endpoint management, security usage scenarios and services

Describe how Microsoft 365 services addresses the most common current threats

Describe capabilities of the Service Trust portal and Compliance manager

Describe Microsoft 365 pricing and support options (25-30%)

Describe licensing options available in Microsoft 365

Plan, predict, and compare pricing

Describe support offerings for Microsoft 365 services

Describe the service lifecycle in Microsoft 365

  •  Describe private preview, public preview, and General Availability (GA) and their correlation to support policy and pricing