New app lets iPhone control Windows PCs remotely

— 10:39 AM on July 12, 2007

Someone over at has managed to set up a way to control his Windows PC remotely via his iPhone. The user—a certain natetrue—accomplished this feat by modifying the HTTP server built into TightVNC, a free, open-source remote control utility. Thanks to the tweaked HTTP server, it's possible to control a host Windows machine by simply using the iPhone's integrated Safari web browser.

As natetrue puts it, the modified server serves an AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) application that displays the host machine's screen as a set of JPEG images. Users can apparently zoom in and out, enter text, and control the host with the standard iPhone interface just as if they were viewing a web page. If you own an iPhone and would like to try it out yourself, instructions as well as links to the necessary files are available on this page. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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