I'm not sure what's better for XP users, truthfully. I would posit that there will be quite a number who have no plans to move away from it any time soon, particularly those who don't use their PCs all that often except to check email and browse the web for some information. Others may just lock down and ride out the predicted apocalypse proposed by the hysterical. Some probably aren't even aware of the whole support cutoff thing, and may not have any idea what it might mean even if they did.
I'm surprised at the number of XP users I actually know. I've helped two of them when they've asked. For one I installed SolydX and the other SolydK. I got them all set up and haven't heard a peep out of either one so things must be running all right. I settled on Solyd because of the update cycle and not having to completely reinstall every time some distro wants to upgrade to a new release. That bit of process will put any number of people off. I could have waited and used Mint 17 LTS but Solyd will work just fine for those two folks.
Microsoft is starting to stress over it, it seems. I read where they will offer $100 off any Win 8 PC bought through the Microsoft store to anyone "upgrading" from XP, so long at the PC costs at least $699, I think. I would bet XP users won't be abandoning ship in droves, though, and probably not to Win 8 in large numbers. It will take a while for them to migrate, and likely won't be the stampede toward Win 8 Microsoft is praying for.