updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed July 11, 2007
VNC Windows on iPhone
An independent coder by the name of Nate True has devised a way of gaining remote desktop access to Windows via the Apple iPhone. After loading a Windows PC with a modified copy of TightVNC, an open-source remote desktop, users need only browse to the 5800 port of their computer's IP address and enter a password. Zooming and panning gestures let users view different portions of the screen, while tapping will bring up a menu to execute an equivalent mouse command -- such as left-clicking, scrolling the mousewheel, or dragging-and-dropping. To enter text into programs, users simply select Text Input from the same menu, which will bring up the iPhone's normal keyboard.
Because the program is web-based, it can operate via both EDGE and Wi-Fi and requires no hacking of iTunes or firmware. The program does have limitations though, principally in that it cannot be run as a dedicated service on a PC, and users may have to download a DLL file to get the program functioning. PCs behind routers may need to forward port 5800, and compatibility with Windows Vista is unknown.