"Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences."
as far as I can tell, windows 8.1 doesn't really do anything important that XP doesn't
"Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1"
so you admit that your "better" OS is slower than a 12 year old one
please stop providing us with inferior options, that is, operating systems that take up 10GB as opposed to 2GB, and require 5 times as much CPU and RAM to idle. and you wonder why XP is still so popular.