A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is someone who has, according to the author, “demonstrated proficiency by passing a certification exam in one or more Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and OneNote, as well as SharePoint and Office 365.”
If you specifically want to earn a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Microsoft Office 365, John Pierce’s new book is the official study guide for the test.
This 205-page book covers Office 365 MOS Exam 77-891, which will be released sometime in fall 2012.
The study guide is divided into four chapters that are well-organized, cleanly written, and adequately illustrated. The chapters are:
- Navigating Office 365
- Communicating by Using Office 365 Outlook Web App
- Communicating by Using Lync Online
- Managing Sites in SharePoint Online
Pierce states that the Outlook Web App and SharePoint Online provide “the foundation for your team site” when using Office 365 in a multiuser environment. The Outlook Web App “is the online version of the desktop e-mail, scheduling, and contact management application.” SharePoint’s uses include “managing shared content, tracking tasks, posting announcements, and managing business workflows.” Lync Online, meanwhile, is an excellent tool “for collaborating on content in real time,” as well as sending emails or instant messages.
“Candidates for MOS-level certification are expected to successfully complete a wide range of standard business tasks,” Pierce says, and “[s]uccessful candidates generally have six or more months of experience with a specific Office application, including either formal, instructor-led training or self-study using MOS-approved books, guides or interactive computer-based materials.”
Even if you use Office 365 in a one-person small business, or if you have not yet decided to pursue an Office 365 certification, this inexpensive book can help you get a solid handle on how to use the product’s three key online applications.
Purchasers of MOS Study Guide for Microsoft Office 365 are offered a 25% discount on the MOS 77-891 exam fee from Certiport.
— Si Dunn