RE: Public group description not showing up when searching for one. Ben Williams 4.Sep.14 10:14 AM Lotus Notes Sametime Standard 8.5.2Windows
I'd say so as it "should just work." If you can raise a PMR with IBM then you may be better off doing that. Looking through the client trace.log is time consuming and pasting the contents here without finding the pertinent bits first will involve thousands of lines of text.
Have you tried a later version of the client? You can download the client code and when extracted select the stand alone client to temporarily install the Connect client and test with that. It means you do not need to change the version in your embedded Notes client.