Microsoft Office 365 Fundamentals Study Guide

The following information was taken from the Microsoft course offered on the official Microsoft website. These are personal notes, and should be used a study guide, for reference materials, or supplemental information to your learning.

Please check the Microsoft course website for the latest information and product knowledge for each of these concepts covered, as some may be outdated etc..

Before you dive into this guide, there are a few key points that you should be aware of;
– I wrote these notes down from taking the O365 Fundamentals course
– Some of this information is now outdated or has been updated as the nature with software updates
– The notes taken here, are back from 2020 – 2021 so please reference any updated materials from Microsoft
– If you are looking for how to apply each of the concepts and topics defined below, Microsoft has a great step-by-step instructional guide on there website located here –>
– Lastly, as I mentioned in the header take the below as a supplemental guide for any course that you are taking, hope this helps!

Who is this course best for?

Whether you’re a business user, administrator, or embarking on your technical career, this certification provides an opportunity to prove yourself as a cloud evangelist. In addition to validating your knowledge of Microsoft 365 capabilities, earning this certification makes it clear to your organization that you understand the benefits of adopting cloud services, the basics of a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and the value of implementing Microsoft 365 cloud services.

The Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals certification could be a great fit for you if you’d like to:

  • Demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud services, such as standard practices, considerations, and benefits.
  • Show fluency in SaaS solutions; particularly Microsoft 365 offerings.
  • Highlight familiarity with the Microsoft 365 cloud service options currently available.

It is recommended to have familiarity with common IT challenges, such as enterprise license management and support plan management.

Table of Contents

  1. Exchange Online
  2. SharePoint Online
  3. Microsoft Teams
  4. Windows 10 Enterprise
  5. Office 365 Pro Plus
  6. Types of Updates
    1. Update Channels
    2. Deployment Rings
    3. Office 365 Pro Plus Updates

Microsoft 365 includes all office applications and SharePoint offerings.

Exchange Online

Includes outlook, mail, tasks

Exchange Server

  • On prem
  • Admin rights

Exchange Online

  • Online
  • N/A
SharePoint Online
  • Libraries, lists, files, and sites
  • Sharepoint Online recives all antimalware from microsoft
Microsoft Teams

Used primarily for chat, documents, and apps

Microsoft Intune

  • Uses Azure Active Directory (AD), and Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • This allows BYOD devices for IT admins to manage data and phones
Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Threat, identity, and information protections
  • Provides simplified updates, more productivity, increased flexibility, and other work styles
Office 365 Pro Plus
  • Includes a full version of Office (install)
  • You will need to have your computer connected to the internet once every 30 days for the machine to remain active under your account

Teamwork in 365

Inner Loop – core team members (Teams)

Outer Loop – People you connect with openly across the org (Yammer)

Teams integrates with all microsoft apps

  • Microsoft teams – allows you to screen share, auto record, and offers translations
  • Yammer – encourages dialogue and ideas
  • SharePoint – allows created communication sites
  • MyAnalytics – an AI to give dashboard and insights
  • Workplace analytics – for teams to take polls, and track meetings

Modern Desktop

  • BranchCache – Main Office hosts these files allowing each department to download them locally
  • Peer Cache – lets clients share source files with other clients from their local cache
  • Delivery Optimization – allows clients to download via alternate methods such as P2P

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