MS-900 Study Guide: Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals

MS-900 Study Guide – Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

This MS-900 Study Guide has been updated with the October 25, 2021 exam objectives

The MS-900 exam is the only exam needed to get the Microsoft 365 Fundamentals certification, and an optional exam in all the other Microsoft 365 Paths. This exam is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational knowledge on the considerations and benefits of adopting cloud services in general and the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model. This exam will also cover knowledge of available options and benefits gained by implementing Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings.

In this MS-900 Study Guide, I will share both free and paid options, whether books, video training or simply links to articles and blog posts. I will not share any dumps as those are against the Microsoft Terms of Service, and by using dumps, we decrease the value of our certifications.

MS-900 Books

Many people still prefer books to study, and this is why Microsoft still does the Exam Ref series! Books are sometimes a bit late on the exam objectives – so always check when the book was published and if any major changes have been made to the objectives.

MS-900 Study Guide Exam Ref

Recommended Option

Exam Ref MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

Direct from Microsoft, this Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals certification exam. Exam Ref MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals offers professional-level preparation that helps candidates maximize their exam performance and sharpen their skills on the job. It focuses on helping you demonstrate foundational knowledge of cloud services, the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings, options, and benefits.

MS-900 Study Guide Pakt

Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals MS-900 Exam Guide: Expert tips and techniques to pass the MS-900 certification exam on the first attempt

This exam guide covers the MS-900 exam objectives, with explanations of essential cloud concepts, and also ensures you get hands-on experience of Microsoft 365 services and features.

MS-900 Video Training

There are many video training providers out there, both free and paid. Paid options such as Pluralsight usually go more in depth and explain the content, and are also peer reviewed to ensure quality. As for YouTube and Udemy the quality will depend on the individual creating the video, so make sure to check the reviews.

Pluralsight Logo for MS-900 Study Guide Certification Path

Recommended Option

Includes Practice Exam

Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (MS-900) Certification Prep Path (3 courses – 3h30)

This certification path is intended to cover the foundational knowledge needed to understand Microsoft’s Microsoft 365 offering. The courses in this path cover the basics when it comes to the products and services a Microsoft 365 subscription provides. This is an excellent starting point for those looking to get started in working with cloud services and solutions in the Microsoft 365 space.

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Includes Practice Exam

MS-900 Exam Prep: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals Course

Want to learn Microsoft 365? Whether it’s Office 365 ProPlus, Windows 10, or Enterprise Mobility + Security that you need to brush up on, this MS-900 course will provide you with a solid foundation which will enhance your career and improve your earnings potential. It will also prepare you to sit (and pass) the MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals exam.

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Includes Practice Exam

Microsoft 365 Fundamentals: MS-900 +Practice Questions

This MS-900 course provides foundational knowledge by using concepts and hands-on demonstrations of Microsoft 365 services. You will understand the considerations and benefits of Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings. You will begin by learning about cloud fundamentals, including an overview of cloud computing and specifically Microsoft cloud services.

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Microsoft MS-900 Certification: M365 Fundamentals

Not sure where to start with Microsoft 365 (M365)? Whether you are new to Office 365, Windows, and/or Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS), or simply need a refresher, this is exam is exactly what you need to form a solid foundation which will propel you on your Microsoft 365 adventure. The M365 Fundamentals course will provide you with all of the foundational information you need to jump-start your knowledge of M365.

MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals Exam Cram and Overview

This video covers and reviews the key areas for the MS-900, Microsoft 365 Fundamentals exam and certification. Good luck!

MS-900 Practice Exams

Those are practice exams and not dumps. I do not encourage dumps as they ruin the certification value for everyone. Practice tests are a great way to get ready for the exam after studying everything in this MS-900 Study Guide

MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

MS-900 is intended for the professionals who want to learn the foundation of Microsoft 365 services. You will understand the benefits of adopting cloud services, the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and implementing Microsoft 365 cloud service. You will be able to differentiate between Microsoft 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365.

MS-900 (Microsoft 365 Fundamentals) Practice Tests

MS-900 Practice Exams to test your knowledge and passing your real MS-900 exam

MS-900 Microsoft Learn Modules

Microsoft learn is a great free way to learn about the MS-900 exam content! It contains mostly text-based articles, while also providing you small quizes at the end of every module.

MS-900 Instructor-led training (Microsoft Official Courses)

This is the Microsoft Official Course, which you can schedule at a Microsoft learning partner. Those classes are presented by Microsoft Certified Trainers. This is the best way to learn any topic as you can ask questiosn to a live instructor – but also the most expensive one.

Course MS-900T01: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

This course provides foundational knowledge on the considerations and benefits of adopting cloud services and the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, with a specific focus on Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings.

MS-900 Articles / Blog Posts Per Objective

Describe cloud concepts (10-15%)

Describe the different types of cloud services available

Describe the benefits of and considerations for using a cloud service instead of on-premises services

Describe Core Microsoft 365 Services and Concepts (30-35%)

Identify core Microsoft 365 capabilities

  • productivity and teamwork (IM and chat, online meetings, email and calendaring, Office productivity apps, file storage and sharing, intranet and team sites, enterprise social, accessibility)
  • business management (simplified management, business process automation, extensibility, business voice and phone systems, forms and workflow management, business intelligence, work management, customer scheduling and booking, mileage tracking and reporting)
  • security and compliance (identity and access management, information protection and governance, threat protection, security management, insider risk management, compliance management, discover and respond)
  • describe the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Admin center and Microsoft 365 user portal

Describe options for deploying and supporting Windows and Office

Describe analytics capabilities in Microsoft 365

  • describe capabilities of Workplace Analytics and MyAnalytics
  • describe the reports available in the Microsoft 365 Admin center and other admin centers

Describe Microsoft 365 collaboration solutions

  • explain how collaboration solutions in Microsoft 365 can drive personal and organizational productivity
  • describe the capabilities for extending Office and Microsoft Teams with Power Platform and third-party apps and services

Explain Security, Compliance, Privacy, and Trust in Microsoft 365 (30-35%)

Explain zero-trust security principles for Microsoft 365

Explain unified endpoint management concepts

  • explain device and application management
  • describe bring you own device (BYOD), and application and device management
  • explain the value of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) including Microsoft Intune and System Center

Explain identity and access management concepts

Explain Threat Protection in Microsoft 365

Describe the Service Trust portal, Microsoft 365 security center, and Compliance Manager

Describe information protection and governance solutions

Describe Microsoft 365 Pricing and Support (20-25%)

Plan, predict, and compare pricing

  • describe the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) pricing model for Windows and Microsoft cloud services
  • explain available billing and bill management options including billing frequency and methods of payment
  • optimize costs based on licensing options

Identify licensing options available in Microsoft 365

  • describe the available licensing and management options for Microsoft 365
  • describe additional capabilities available when a customer purchases Azure Active Directory Premium P1, Azure Active Directory Premium P2, and Azure AD Free

Describe the service lifecycle in Microsoft 365

Describe support offerings for Microsoft 365 services

  • describe how to create a support request for Microsoft 365 services
  • describe service level agreements (SLAs) concepts, use cases for SLAs, SLA tiers, roles, and responsibilities
  • determine service health status by using the Microsoft 365 dashboard or the tenant dashboard
  • describe how organizations can communicate with Microsoft by using UserVoice

Additional Tips

I think the best thing that you can do after reading this SC-900 Study Guide is to open a Microsoft 365 Trial , and play with those features, follow the tutorials and you shouldn’t have any problems with the exam!

Did I miss any cool links in this MS-900 Study Guide? Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to check out my other Microsoft Certification Study Guides!


  • May 9, 2020 at 6:59 pm
    Nick Yannios

    Thank you Vlad for putting all this information about getting certification in one reliable source !! You’re a life saver!!!

  • May 15, 2020 at 11:03 am
    Dean Hoile

    Excellent content and very well laid out! your video courses on pluralsight were great!

  • June 20, 2020 at 12:59 pm
    Kiran Kumar Talikoti

    Thanks Vlad

  • July 21, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Vlad how are you? Very cool name!!

    Was wondering, If I hustle each evening after work for about 3hrs for an MS900, how long would this take me

    • July 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      I think within a week or two you would be good to go! MS-900 is really a fundamentals level exam so 15-30h of hustle should be good enough!

  • July 23, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Vlad,
    Many thanks for all your courses and the great work you are doing for the community. Really awesome.
    I want to know where to start with my certification.
    My background is M365 beginner.

    • July 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Hello Lilly,

      I would definetly start with the MS-900 exam, and after you can look in what part you want to specialize in, Modern Desktop (MD-*** series) , Teams (MS-700) or Exchange (MS-203). You can also learn the fundamentals of Power platform (PL-900) and/or Azure (AZ-900)

  • July 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks heaps Vlad!

  • July 25, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Vlad! Thank you for page! I passed the exam after revewing this page and the videos on PluralSight.

    Now that Ive passed the MS-900, what would be the next exam I can prepare for to build off the fundamentals I just learned?

    Thank you!

    • July 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      Hello Richard! Congratulations on passing the exam!

      Next steps would either be going for the fundamentals of other MS cloud products (AZ-900 for Azure / PL-900 for Power Platform). If you want to specialize into Microsoft 365 you need to choose either “Modern Desktop” (MD-100/101) , E-mail / Exchange (MS-203) , Microsoft Teams & Collab (MS-700) , Security (MS-500) , or Dev (MS-600). There are still some SharePoint exams (MS-300/301) but those are going away Aug 31st. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • August 7, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Hey Vlad,

    Thank you for compiling all the topics that we need to study for this exam. Since the change of the exam, I noted your suggestions in the previous comments and the exam has Dynamics 365 questions.

    Best of luck in updating this and keep up the good work.

    • August 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Hey Dawn!

      For full transparency right now I am kind of waiting for Microsoft Ignite as that’s where Microsoft usually announces major changes to Microsoft 365 certs/learning. Since that’s ~1 month away I want to see if there’s any major updates before refreshing all of it!

  • September 12, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Hi VLAD,
    appreciated your detailed topic list, i need to know that is there any course update by micorsoft in MS-900 or can i prepare this course with same material as you shared

  • October 13, 2020 at 6:20 am
    David Worner

    Thank you Vlad for collection of all recommend resources of MS-900 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals exam at a single place.

  • October 15, 2020 at 11:55 pm
    arif H siddiqui

    thanks for sharing very help info about MS-900 exam

  • November 26, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Hello Vlad,

    This guide is literally hardcoded. I wasn’t expecting to find something like this. Thanks for sharing it!

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:07 am

    You are my Hero. Thanks alot and wish you all the best in your carrier

    Kind Regards


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