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Pete!:
Got an email in my Hotmail account this morning, inviting me to click on some links.

From: Microsoft <msa@communication.microsoft.com>
Subject: Updates to our terms of use and privacy statement

The headers look legitimate.
The links look (sort of) legitimate - eg. https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=799609.

"Thunderbird" blocked remote content.
In an abundance of caution, I didn't click on anything.

Did anyone else get this? Is it legitimate?

Source w/my email censored:

--- Quote ---From - Sat Jul 23 09:05:48 2016
X-Account-Key: account9
X-UIDL: F50B7C95-50AC-11E6-8E38-78E3B5079BFA
X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
X-Mozilla-Keys:                                                                                 
x-store-info:Ru8Mzrcu9BgQ2IiRwdjyVnl2gZBK0uAo59m4pdoJXDY=
Authentication-Results: hotmail.com; spf=pass (sender IP is 65.55.234.209; identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) smtp.mailfrom=msa@communication.microsoft.com; dkim=none (identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) header.d=communication.microsoft.com; x-hmca=pass header.id=msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-SID-PRA: msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-AUTH-Result: PASS
X-SID-Result: PASS
X-Message-Status: n:n
X-Message-Delivery: Vj0xLjE7dXM9MTtsPTE7YT0xO0Q9MDtHRD0wO1NDTD0w
X-Message-Info: AuEzbeVr9u6ITJ84TuOjIlf+zQoQZu32xyO9Vwo9E62yt+7edwAVrPED28cu6Sdl+OKBFIYUw33WzWujKnMhqe6RlvulEj6iB/xv69BYnHH8Twd/v+wqMZKZ6SxE0/2Fn2B0U7zfMr+HV82R1U3rzxWpmzC8jeFgJ3sJw4cQCPYyzyUkSqSlaPQLLHw0GLtFHcOOepaBkU8PhJXCbJVjOZhvFVy3XpK2x3dJMWBxufyVIE8XnL/7e9F0aC655Vo7
Received: from smtpi.msn.com ([65.55.234.209]) by COL004-MC5F25.hotmail.com over TLS secured channel with Microsoft SMTPSVC(7.5.7601.23143);
    Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:10:51 -0700
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:10:19 -0700
From: Microsoft <msa@communication.microsoft.com>
To: <CENSORED@hotmail.com>
Message-ID: <em8.970a8bb.20160722230652.1.-.384.698262.8797701@communication.microsoft.com>
Subject: Updates to our terms of use and privacy statement
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="-----15616ce1369_482"
X-Mailer: 10.0.3.2.38; msn
X-rpcampaign: msft4788882
Return-Path: msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-Message-Routing:
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X-OriginalArrivalTime: 23 Jul 2016 08:10:51.0238 (UTC) FILETIME=[BA138860:01D1E4B9]

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* Your Services Agreement and Privacy Statement made clearer *

You=E2=80=99re receiving this email because we are updating the Microsoft S=
ervices Agreement, which applies to one or more Microsoft products or servi=
ces you use. We=E2=80=99re making these updates to clarify our terms and en=
sure that they remain transparent for you, as well as to cover additional M=
icrosoft products, services and features.=20

The Microsoft Services Agreement is an agreement between you and Microsoft =
(or one of its affiliates) that governs your use of Microsoft consumer onli=
ne products and services.

Here are some of the most notable changes to the Microsoft Services Agreeme=
nt:=20
=E2=80=A2=09Coverage for additional services (like GroupMe and Group Messag=
ing) and new functionality and features for covered services (like Skype, B=
ing and our Rewards program)=20
=E2=80=A2=09Clarifications that your work or school account is covered by d=
ifferent terms
=E2=80=A2=09Notice that Xbox now requires that you sign in at least every 5=
 years to keep your gamertag active =20
=E2=80=A2=09Explanation of data storage limits for OneDrive and factors tha=
t could affect syncing and uploading to OneDrive services

You can read the entire Microsoft Services Agreement [here]. You can also l=
earn more about these updates on our FAQ page [here]. The updates to the Mi=
crosoft Services Agreement will take effect on September 15, 2016. If you c=
ontinue to use our products and services on or after September 15, 2016, yo=
u are agreeing to the updated Microsoft Services Agreement.=20
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799609
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

We are also updating the Microsoft Privacy Statement.  These updates are de=
scribed on our FAQ page [here], and are effective as of August 2, 2016.
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

If you do not agree, you can choose to discontinue using the products and s=
ervices, and close your Microsoft account before these terms become effecti=
ve. If you are a parent or guardian, you are responsible for your child=E2=
=80=99s or teenager=E2=80=99s use of Microsoft products and services, inclu=
ding purchases. =20

Thank you for using Microsoft products and services.

******************************

[Microsoft Privacy Statement]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D521839

[Microsoft Services Agreement]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799609

[Frequently Asked Questions]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

******************************

[Microsoft]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=3D271181

Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our [Privacy St=
atement].
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D521839

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052=20


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Corrine:
It is legitimate.  Microsoft did update the Services Agreement and I've seen elsewhere that others have received the notice of the update. 

Microsoft Services Agreement
Microsoft Services Agreement FAQ

Pete!:
Thanks
I may be getting paranoid in my old age :(

Corrine:
Better safe than sorry!

plodr:
Paranoid - good. My husband is paranoid and doesn't even look inside an email that looks suspicious. (That's my job.)
Too many people click any link in any email before even thinking about what they are doing.

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