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Microsoft webpage won't load in Firefox
02-02-2016, 09:16 PM
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Microsoft webpage won't load in Firefox
Hi. I just discovered WPT and I'm amazed at all its wonderful capabilities. I'm trying to understand what's wrong with a Microsoft page. It's where you go to download the MS Safety Scanner. Using Firefox on my home PC I can't access it at all. The page just keeps reloading. I have tried to test this using WPT, which seems to confirm my findings.

Using Firefox, nothing loads at all.
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/160202_3M_FF3/

Using IE11, the page loads, but the content is mostly http instead of https as originally requested. (Not good for a security product)
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/160202_87_FWM/

I understand that Microsoft has a global policy to use only https. This is enforced by HTTP Strict Transport Security. After you visit their homepage you are locked in to HSTS for the next year. Is it possible there are some MS pages that don't work properly with https? Surely Microsoft would have spotted this. They must know what they are doing, particularly on security matters.

I'd appreciate any help in interpreting the results. And any pointers as to where I might complain to get this fixed.

Also, in passing, what's with the 'Status Code -2' results. I can't find the exact meaning. Does this just mean the server never replied. And is this normal?

Many thanks, Bob
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