It looks like Long was right. Nick White announced the retail packaging for Windows Vista & Office 2007 on the Windows Vista Weblog today. I thought i'd take the liberty of assembing them all for you, and making them easier to see side-by-side. Click on the original for a bigger version.
Apparently, people who use Office Professional work in much cooler buildings than the people that use Office Home & Student.
Personally, I think it's really cool. I'm sure retailers will figure out how to encase that sexy packaging in something horrid so it won't be stolen, but maybe Microsoft has that figured out already too.
The box for Vista Ultimate better look sexier than that though. Maybe they could add holographic flames... or how about a built in SideShow display that lets you calculate how much Microsoft will screw you for every additional PC you have in your house. Now THAT would be cool.
UPDATE: Added the other box shots from Microsoft PressPass. Thanks Kristan for the heads-up.